re·​cent·​ly | \ˈrē-sᵊnt-lē \

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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What’s even weirder is that these particular Formica ants and two different species of trap-jaw ants mimic each others’ smells, according to a study recently published in the journal Insectes Sociaux. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "High-speed video solves how Florida ants furnish their nests with their enemies’ bodies," 18 Nov. 2018 Both have recently been through high-profile breakups, Halsey with on-again off-again boyfriend G-Eazy, and Ariana with her ex-fiancé Pete Davidson. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Shared a Supportive Text from Halsey About "Without Me" and "Thank U, Next"," 16 Nov. 2018 George Lakoff, a professor of linguistics and cognitive science at UC Berkeley and the author of the 2004 book Don’t Think of an Elephant, recently published an article laying out the media’s dilemma. Sean Illing, Vox, "How the media should respond to Trump’s lies," 15 Nov. 2018 These fires can burn forests that have been standing for some time or reburn forests recently incinerated. Kristen Pope, Discover Magazine, "Wildfire Engulfed Yellowstone 30 Years Ago. Its Recovery Could Predict The Future of the West," 12 Nov. 2018 Ariana Grande has been through some tough times recently—a terrorist attack, the shocking death of her ex Mac Miller, and the very public engagement and break-up of her and SNL's Pete Davidson. Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "Ariana Grande Says 'Therapy Has Saved My Life'," 5 Nov. 2018 Besides the book's release, Hawking's final paper, on the black hole information paradox, was recently published by his colleagues in the preprint journal ArXiv. Sarah Lewin,, "Stephen Hawking's Children and Colleagues Discuss Physicist's Final Book, Legacy," 17 Oct. 2018 The actor has recently been directing episodes of his new Catch 22 adaptation for the studio, with the series now in post-production. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why George and Amal Clooney Didn't Attend Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 The Fixer Upper star and Magnolia Market founder recently posted this image that appears to be of daughter Emmie Kay, 8, walking through a field and collecting Texas blazing stars on Instagram. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines Just Paid Tribute to Tom Petty in the Sweetest Way," 2 Oct. 2018

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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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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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