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Definition of "recent" []

  • Of, belonging to, or occurring at a time immediately before the present. (adjective)
  • Modern; new. (adjective)
  • Geology Of, belonging to, or denoting the Holocene Epoch. See Table at geologic time. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "recent" in a sentence
  • "Sarah Palin tore into Michelle Obama on Fox News Wednesday, criticizing the first lady for what she characterized as a recent condescending defense of her husband's presidency."
  • "After listing what it describes as recent "notable successes" against al-Qaeda, particularly its Afghan Taliban allies, the committee gives its thanks and congratulations to "the administration as a whole and in particular the men and women of the U.S. military.""
  • "This comes just a day after North Korean TV showed what it called recent footage of the secretive leader."