lately

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Etymology[edit]

From late +‎ -ly. Compare Old English lætīċe (slowly, tardily).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈleɪt.li/
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  • Hyphenation: late‧ly

Adverb[edit]

lately (comparative latelier or more lately, superlative lateliest or most lately)

  1. Recently; not long ago; of late. [from 15thc.]
    • c. 1596-97, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act IV scene i[1]:
      [] I am content; so he will let me have / The other half in use, to render it, / Upon his death, unto the gentleman / That lately stole his daughter: / Two things provided more,— []

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