recent Definition

  • 1having happened or been done only a short time ago
  • 2belonging to a past period of time that is not very distant

Using recent: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "recent" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I saw her at a recent party.

  • Example

    The company has made some recent changes to its policies.

  • Example

    Recent studies show that the vaccine is effective.

  • Example

    He has been suffering from recent memory loss.

recent Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for recent

Phrases with recent

  • during the last few years


    In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of people using social media.

  • used to emphasize that something happened not long ago


    As recently as last week, he was still considering the job offer.

  • the period of time for which a person can remember things


    In recent memory, there has never been such a severe storm in this area.

Origins of recent

from Latin 'recent-', meaning 'fresh, new'


Summary: recent in Brief

The term 'recent' [ˈriːsnt] refers to events or periods that have occurred not long ago. It can refer to both the immediate past and a more distant past. Examples include 'I saw her at a recent party,' and 'He has been suffering from recent memory loss.' The phrase 'in recent years' denotes a period of time during the last few years.

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