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lately

[leyt-lee]
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adverb
  1. of late; recently; not long since: He has been very grouchy lately.
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Origin of lately

before 1000; Middle English latli; Old English lætlīce; see late, -ly
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  • Windich shot a wurrung, which he said had lately drunk water.

  • Thence they issued into that so lately occupied by the Frankses.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • "Have a chair," he said, motioning to the one Cass had lately sat in.

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  • It seems foolish to stay here, abused as I have been lately, and as I will be tomorrow.

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    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Hinde introduced John to them, mentioning that he had only lately arrived from Ireland.

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British Dictionary definitions for lately

lately

adverb
  1. in recent times; of late
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Word Origin and History for lately

adv.

Old English lætlice "slow, sluggish;" see late (adj.) + -ly (2). Meaning "within recent times" is from late 15c., probably a new formation.

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