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Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: Latin recens 'fresh, recent'

recent

adjective
     
reā€§cent S2 W1
having happened or started only a short time ago:
Irving's most recent book
recent research into the causes of cancer
in recent years/months/times etc
The situation has improved in recent years.
the recent past

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