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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Unlike some of their other drinks that have been released recently, the Cloud Macchiato is a permanent addition to their menu, so fans don't have to worry about only having a limited time to go try it out. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Ariana Grande Just Dropped a Starbucks Drink and Coffee-Lovers are Obsessed," 5 Mar. 2019 Kevin WinterGetty Images The internet is convinced Lady Gaga and Bradley have romantic feelings for each other after Gaga recently ended her engagement with fiancé Christian Carino, and fans are wondering if the seating arrangement is on purpose. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Why Aren't Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga Sitting Next to Each Other at the Oscars?," 25 Feb. 2019 Steve Irwin's wife, Terri, has worked hard with her two children to celebrate the Crocodile Hunter's legacy—and he was recently honored with a Google Doodle for his 57th birthday. Katina Beniaris, Woman's Day, "Steve Irwin's Wife Reveals the Heartbreaking Reason Why She Hasn't Dated Since He Died," 22 Feb. 2019 Focus Features just recently released the first two stills from the film. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "See the First Photos of Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman in Harriet," 7 Feb. 2019 Hana and the Beckhams were photographed leaving The Flower Shop restaurant in Manhattan's Lower East Side neighborhood, where VB held a press preview for her recently released Victoria Beckham x Reebok collaboration. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Victoria and David Beckham Look Uber Stylish For a Double Date with son Brooklyn Beckham in New York," 25 Jan. 2019 Amazon, which recently ended a partnership with Shipt rival Instacart inside of Whole Foods, also charges an extra $14.99 per month on top of the Prime membership for its own grocery delivery service, AmazonFresh. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Target’s Shipt same-day delivery service will expand to take on Amazon and Walmart," 18 Dec. 2018 Marriott workers in eight cities recently ended the largest hotel strike in US history. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "The GOP tax bill only gave workers 2 cents more per hour in bonuses," 18 Dec. 2018 The 2018 walkout launched the national movement that included strikes in Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arizona, Washington state, and more recently, Los Angeles and Denver. John Raby, The Seattle Times, "Despite bill’s demise, W.Va. teachers to strike for 2nd day," 20 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of recently

1533, in the meaning defined above

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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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