Definition of recent in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈriːs(ə)nt/


1Having happened, begun, or been done not long ago; belonging to a past period comparatively close to the present: his recent visit to Britain a recent edition of the newspaper
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  • The real agony for home fans lies in the fact that they have seen it happen so often in the recent past.
  • The reason for this mistaken notion can be traced to the events of our recent past.
  • My research in recent years has begun to come up with some of the answers for this.
new, the latest, late, current, fresh, modern, contemporary, present-day, up to date, up to the minute, latter-day, latter
rare neoteric
not long past, occurring/appearing recently;
immediate, just gone
2 (Recent) Geology another term for Holocene.
Example sentences
  • In general, species richness in the Miocene and Pliocene was high whereas Pleistocene and Recent diversity is very low.
  • All four larger Recent families of Stromboidea are represented in Cenozoic strata from Chile.
  • Diversity patterns in Recent and fossil tropical American mollusks have been the focus of considerable debate.


(the Recent) Geology
The Holocene epoch.



Pronunciation: /ˈriːs(ə)nsi/
Example sentences
  • Among these contributors will be some of the movers and shakers of criminology in the coming years: and the sharpness and recency of their experience can be expected to resonate with those of the generation to come.
  • We then computed a recency of use measure by subtracting the difference between the respondent's actual age and the age he or she last reported any use of a particular substance.
  • Because of the relative recency of Internet forums for intellectual interchanges, a number of precedents may be set that will determine the future course of peer commentary.


Pronunciation: /ˈriːs(ə)ntnəs/
Example sentences
  • The most recent version was published in 2002, but don't let that recentness fool you - a good few months ago, when I remembered having read a much older version, I decided to try and seek out a copy.
  • First-years will identify with the recentness of the ordeal, and everyone else can simply be thankful that their orientation is far behind them, and now it is a new class's turn to suffer.
  • It is a significant sign of the recentness of ‘Chinese nationalism’ that this curious situation bothered very few people until about 110 years ago.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'fresh'): from Latin recens, recent- or French récent.

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