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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Most recently, Willis had been co-writing new music with Detroit rapper Big Sean. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, "Allee Willis, 'Friends' Theme Songwriter, Dies at 72," 25 Dec. 2019 Pebble eventually sold to Fitbit, which recently announced it is being acquired by Google. CNN Underscored, "10 tech products that changed tech," 24 Dec. 2019 Gavi recently announced plans to establish a 500,000-dose stockpile. Helen Branswell, Scientific American, "FDA Approves an Ebola Vaccine For the First Time," 20 Dec. 2019 Google announced this feature on the Chromium blog recently, but the post has been taken down. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Chrome is getting a dedicated media control button," 20 Dec. 2019 The administration recently announced a program of limited re-importation from Canada, but the volumes sold and shipped to that country are insufficient to fully supply American demand. John E. Osborn, STAT, "Biologics lose protection as U.S.-Canada-Mexico trade agreement moves forward," 20 Dec. 2019 In an effort to curb the estimated $1.5 billion in damages that feral swine inflict each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced $75 million in funding for a pilot program to eradicate and control feral pigs. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Feral Pigs Are Invasive, Voracious and Resilient. They’re Also Spreading.," 18 Dec. 2019 More recently, Medved said the company successfully raided a European design team, which has contributed to a sleeker look for its vehicles. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "This new SUV with a Colorado name is so hot that dealers can’t keep it in stock. And it’s maker isn’t one of the usual suspects.," 15 Dec. 2019 He wasn’t given his FireLine score at the time, but his agent recently told him it’s 6. Kathleen Pender,, "Do you know your home’s wildfire risk score? Your insurance company does," 14 Dec. 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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28 Dec 2019

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“Recently.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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