re·​cent | \ ˈrē-sᵊnt How to pronounce recent (audio) \

Definition of recent

1a : having lately come into existence : new, fresh
b : of or relating to a time not long past
2 capitalized : holocene

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Other Words from recent

recentness noun

Examples of recent in a Sentence

Recent events have brought attention to the problem. I usually watch that show every week, but I missed the most recent episode. Medical science has made amazing progress in recent decades. That was the biggest earthquake in recent history .
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John Carr, a former longtime adviser to the bishops, said in a recent interview. Elana Schor, Fortune, "Joe Biden’s Shift on Abortion Tests the Politics of His Faith," 17 Sep. 2019 Some Democrats have responded to recent white-nationalist attacks by proposing a federal domestic-terrorism law that would give the government new powers to pursue white-nationalist groups. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The NRA Is Not a Domestic Terrorist Organization," 17 Sep. 2019 In a recent interview, Wolff shared some of the lessons learned, provided some advice about the best ways to minimize a property’s flooding risk, and discussed the resiliency of Houston. Michelle Sandlin, Houston Chronicle, "Relocation spotlight on Beth Wolff Realtors Real Living," 16 Sep. 2019 That’s what David Coombs, president of the Alabama Suicide Prevention and Resources Coalition, said in a recent interview when asked about white men killing themselves at such a high rate. Katherine Webb-hehn, al, "Proposed waiting period for firearms aims to save lives of suicidal Alabamians," 15 Sep. 2019 South African president Cyril Ramaphosa drew boos from the crowd, as a result of the recent attacks in Johannesburg on foreigners, including Zimbabweans., "News of the Day From Around the World," 14 Sep. 2019 But, after months of being on the receiving end of public backlash, Moreno in a recent interview offered a subtle dig at the state agency. Krista Torralva,, "Harlandale ISD lawyer sees voting rights as defense against TEA," 13 Sep. 2019 Democratic voters are mostly concerned to get rid of Mr Trump: a recent poll suggested that just 2.5% are mainly bothered about education—a big topic of the debate in Houston—while almost 40% just want to oust the president. Lexington | Washington, The Economist, "The third Democratic primary debate thins the field," 13 Sep. 2019 Tsai is capitalizing on this anxiety; recent polls have her starting to create serious separation from her rivals, who have had to modify their own stances on Beijing given the tensions in Hong Kong. Therese Shaheen, National Review, "The Need to Clarify and Strengthen Our Relationship with Taiwan," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of recent

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for recent

Middle English, from Latin recent-, recens; perhaps akin to Greek kainos new

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English Language Learners Definition of recent

: happening or beginning not long ago


re·​cent | \ ˈrē-sᵊnt How to pronounce recent (audio) \

Kids Definition of recent

1 : of or relating to a time not long past recent history
2 : having lately appeared to come into being : new, fresh recent events

Other Words from recent

recently adverb

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