of late occurrence, appearance, or origin; lately happening, done, made, etc.: recent events; a recent trip.
not long past: in recent years.
of or belonging to a time not long past.
Recent. Geology. noting or pertaining to the present epoch, originating at the end of the glacial period, about 10,000 years ago, and forming the latter half of the Quaternary Period; Holocene.
Recent. Geology. the Recent Epoch or Series.: Also called Holocene.
- re·cen·cy, re·cent·ness, noun
- re·cent·ly, adverb
- qua·si-re·cent, adjective
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How to use recent in a sentence
On a recent call from a suburb of Chicago, where she’s been living alone throughout the pandemic, she sounded defeated.My mother and her friends couldn’t get coronavirus vaccine appointments, so they turned to a stranger for help. He’s 13. | Greg Harris | February 12, 2021 | Washington Post
After a recent defeat to Bayern Munich, he made a point of seeking out superstar Robert Lewandowski and requesting his jersey.Matthew Hoppe was a little-known American soccer player — until he reached the Bundesliga | Steven Goff | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
So we asked Science News readers their views about recent neurotechnology advances.Can privacy coexist with technology that reads and changes brain activity? | Laura Sanders | February 11, 2021 | Science News
The recent state commission meeting previewed how some of the translation issues might cause problems.African Communities Warn Language Issues Could Shut Them Out of Redistricting | Maya Srikrishnan | February 10, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
A recent GitHub study shows that open-source project creation is up 25% since April of last year.
In fact, in a recent study of their users internationally, it was the lowest priority for most.
The comedian responded to the deadly attack on a French satirical magazine by renewing his recent criticisms of the Islamic faith.Bill Maher: Hundreds of Millions of Muslims Support Attack on ‘Charlie Hebdo’ | Lloyd Grove | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The most recent issue contains detailed instructions for building car bombs, and the magazine frequently draws up hit-lists.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre | Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Spouting off against police online has become criminalized in recent weeks.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead | Luke O’Neil | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The most recent activity had a high point of 3.6 on the Richter Scale.26 Earthquakes Later, Fracking’s Smoking Gun Is in Texas | James Joiner | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
They are unquestionably penitent now; but then, you know, they have the recollection of very recent suffering fresh upon them.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2) | Charles Dickens
The recent concessions made by the Spanish Government have been seen by the Philippine public.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
recent events have done much to introduce Korea and its people to the world at large.Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
Besides, that inspection did not pertain to me, since I was neither the oldest nor the most recent auditor.
At this stock-taking the number unaccounted-for is twenty-two, several of which are quite recent accessions to the Library.Report of the Chief Librarian for the Year 1924-25 | General Assembly Library (New Zealand)
British Dictionary definitions for recent (1 of 2)
having appeared, happened, or been made not long ago; modern, fresh, or new
- recently, adverb
- recentness or recency, noun
British Dictionary definitions for Recent (2 of 2)
geology another word for Holocene
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