[ ree-suhnt ]
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  1. of late occurrence, appearance, or origin; lately happening, done, made, etc.: recent events; a recent trip.

  2. not long past: in recent years.

  1. of or belonging to a time not long past.

  2. 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.

  1. Recent. Geology. the Recent Epoch or Series.: Also called Holocene.

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 for recent

Opposites for recent

Other words from recent

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for recent (1 of 2)


/ (ˈriːsənt) /

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

Origin of recent

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

Derived forms of recent

  • recently, adverb
  • recentness or recency, noun

British Dictionary definitions for Recent (2 of 2)


/ (ˈriːsənt) /

adjective, noun
  1. geology another word for Holocene

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Scientific definitions for Recent


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