One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Having happened, begun, or been done not long ago or not long before; belonging to a past period of time comparatively close to the present.‘his recent visit to Britain’‘a recent edition of the newspaper’
new, the latest, late, current, fresh, modern, contemporary, present-day, up to date, up to the minute, latter-day, latternot long past, appearing recently, occurring recentlyView synonyms
- ‘In the wake of the food scares of recent years the organic message is hitting home.’
- ‘It was ranked as one of the best cities in the US for quality of life in a recent survey.’
- ‘My research in recent years has begun to come up with some of the answers for this.’
- ‘There have been a number of other incidents of racial abuse in the area in recent weeks.’
- ‘It is a depressing picture for a city which has striven to improve its image in recent years.’
- ‘The film has attracted some of the worst reviews of any Scottish film in recent times.’
- ‘No president in recent history has had so much power, nor so much interest in using it.’
- ‘There is no doubt that recent months have been very bruising for many in the party.’
- ‘One of the most popular presidents in recent memory is about to commit a cardinal sin.’
- ‘Brian has more energy than ever and recent tests have shown his health is improving.’
- ‘The idea is to help pupils continue the steady progress they have made in recent years.’
- ‘The real agony for home fans lies in the fact that they have seen it happen so often in the recent past.’
- ‘One recent case was of an elderly woman in York who had a man knock on her door claiming to be a builder.’
- ‘The reason for this mistaken notion can be traced to the events of our recent past.’
- ‘Over recent days the controversial issue of the politics of aid has begun to emerge.’
- ‘I am sure that many of your readers are aware of the recent boom in local and family history.’
- ‘In recent years there has been a lot of money spent in Winchester by the county council.’
- ‘It is worth noting that they have gone up several percentage points in recent polls.’
- ‘She claimed that at least four cars had been burned out over recent months in the village.’
- ‘What is far from clear, given this recent case, is whether it can do any good at all.’
2Geologyanother term for Holocene
- ‘They are known from Recent fossils and probably survived until the arrival of Europeans.’
- ‘All four larger Recent families of Stromboidea are represented in Cenozoic strata from Chile.’
- ‘The evolution of the canid and felid brain was studied through examination of fossil and Recent cranial endocasts.’
- ‘Crinoid remains have also been identified in the fecal remains of Recent and fossil fish.’
- ‘In general, species richness in the Miocene and Pliocene was high whereas Pleistocene and Recent diversity is very low.’
- ‘Diversity patterns in Recent and fossil tropical American mollusks have been the focus of considerable debate.’
The Holocene epoch.
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘fresh’): from Latin recens, recent- or French récent.
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