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recent

[ ree-suhnt ]
/ ˈri sənt /
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adjective
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.
noun
Recent. Geology. the Recent Epoch or Series.Also called Holocene.
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Origin of recent

First recorded in 1525–35; from Latin recent- (stem of recēns ) “fresh, new”

synonym study for recent

1. See modern.

OTHER WORDS FROM recent

re·cen·cy, re·cent·ness, nounre·cent·ly, adverbqua·si-re·cent, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for recent (1 of 2)

recent
/ (ˈriːsənt) /

adjective
having appeared, happened, or been made not long ago; modern, fresh, or new

Derived forms of recent

recently, adverbrecentness or recency, noun

Word Origin for recent

C16: from Latin recens fresh; related to Greek kainos new

British Dictionary definitions for recent (2 of 2)

Recent
/ (ˈriːsənt) /

adjective, noun
geology another word for Holocene
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Scientific definitions for recent

Recent
[ rēsənt ]

See Holocene.
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