Meaning of recent in English:


Pronunciation /ˈriːs(ə)nt/

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  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Over recent days the controversial issue of the politics of aid has begun to emerge.’
    • ‘What is far from clear, given this recent case, is whether it can do any good at all.’
    • ‘It is a depressing picture for a city which has striven to improve its image in recent years.’
    • ‘Brian has more energy than ever and recent tests have shown his health is improving.’
    • ‘She claimed that at least four cars had been burned out over recent months in the village.’
    • ‘I am sure that many of your readers are aware of the recent boom in local and family history.’
    • ‘The idea is to help pupils continue the steady progress they have made in recent years.’
    • ‘The film has attracted some of the worst reviews of any Scottish film in recent times.’
    • ‘In the wake of the food scares of recent years the organic message is hitting home.’
    • ‘There is no doubt that recent months have been very bruising for many in the party.’
    • ‘It is worth noting that they have gone up several percentage points in recent polls.’
    • ‘One of the most popular presidents in recent memory is about to commit a cardinal sin.’
    • ‘No president in recent history has had so much power, nor so much interest in using it.’
    • ‘In recent years there has been a lot of money spent in Winchester by the county council.’
    • ‘One recent case was of an elderly woman in York who had a man knock on her door claiming to be a builder.’
    • ‘There have been a number of other incidents of racial abuse in the area in recent weeks.’
    • ‘It was ranked as one of the best cities in the US for quality of life in a recent survey.’
    new, the latest, late, current, fresh, modern, contemporary, present-day, up to date, up to the minute, latter-day, latter
    not long past, appearing recently, occurring recently
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  • 2

    (also Recent)
    another term for Holocene

    ‘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 evolution of the canid and felid brain was studied through examination of fossil and Recent cranial endocasts.’
    • ‘They are known from Recent fossils and probably survived until the arrival of Europeans.’
    • ‘Crinoid remains have also been identified in the fecal remains of Recent and fossil fish.’


the Recent
  • The Holocene epoch.


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