Definition of recent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

recent

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈriːsnt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈriːsnt//
 
[usually before noun]
 
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that happened or began only a short time ago a recent development/discovery/event his most recent visit to Poland There have been many changes in recent years. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘fresh’): from Latin recens, recent- or French récent.Extra examples a relatively recent development The Prime Minister discussed the issue during his most recent visit to Poland. The next chapter summarizes recent developments in the field. There have been many changes in recent years.
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