re·​cent·​ly | \ ˈrē-sᵊnt-lē How to pronounce recently (audio) \

Definition of recently

: during a recent period of time : lately

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Synonyms & Antonyms for recently


freshly, just, late, lately, new, newly, now, only



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Examples of recently in a Sentence

She recently graduated from college. I was going to paint the room white, but more recently I've been considering a light blue. I saw him recently for the first time in many years. Only recently did they decide to move. Until recently I had no idea where I would end up finding a job.
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Most recently, students in the UAA Geomatics Department used photographic technology to create 3-D models that show hot spots on a section of the bluff, which looms over a beach on the eastern shore of the upper Cook Inlet. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Point Woronzof shrinking an average of 2 feet each year, UAA researchers and students find," 12 June 2019 Most recently, famed Red Sox player David Ortiz was gunned down at a bar in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. Fox News, "Bodies of Maryland couple found dead in Dominican Republic returned to US," 12 June 2019 Since then, the participants have been repeatedly surveyed; most recently, most of them were interviewed at the age of 55. The Economist, "The benefits of pre-schooling may extend for generations," 11 June 2019 The bar follows a trend of other Melvindale bars and businesses closing down recently, such as the Break Time Bar & Grill on Allen near Greenfield and Brews Brothers farther west on Allen Road, Knizewski said. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Mel Bar in Melvindale to close after 65 years in business," 11 June 2019 But until recently, the simple story told on the tombstone was all anyone knew about Geauga’s Child. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A newborn was left to die 26 years ago. A mother’s arrest has led to baffling new questions.," 10 June 2019 Spektr-UV has survived moments of near-death, most recently in 2014 when Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula caused major Ukrainian partners to withdraw. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Telescope designed to study mysterious dark energy keeps Russia’s space science hopes alive," 10 June 2019 The students at the all-girl school have recently begun publishing a political journal called The Laurel Political Review, which offers commentary on a wide range of issues. Phillip Morris,, "Politicians beware, the girls of Laurel School are watching you: Phillip Morris," 9 June 2019 The Drop is also a clever way to harness some of the ecommerce activity happening on influencers’ platforms of choice, YouTube and Instagram, the latter of which recently began allowing users to buy products without even leaving its app. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Amazon's Quest to Be Fashionable Continues," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of recently

1533, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jun 2019

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The first known use of recently was in 1533

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English Language Learners Definition of recently

: during the period of time that has just passed : not long ago

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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