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Latin recēns (genitive recentis).



recent ‎(comparative more recent, superlative most recent)

  1. Having happened a short while ago.
    • 2013 May-June, Katie L. Burke, “In the News”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 193: 
      Bats host many high-profile viruses that can infect humans, including severe acute respiratory syndrome and Ebola. A recent study explored the ecological variables that may contribute to bats’ propensity to harbor such zoonotic diseases by comparing them with another order of common reservoir hosts: rodents.
  2. Up-to-date; not old-fashioned or dated.
  3. Having done something a short while ago that distinguishes them as what they are called.
    The cause has several hundred recent donors.
    I met three recent graduates at the conference.
  4. In long-view scientific usage, particularly in geology, palaeontology, and astronomy, may refer to events not "recent" in everyday usage, thousands or even millions of years ago.
  5. In geology and and astronomy, "Recent", capitalised, has often been used as an exact synonym for "Holocene", particularly pre-21st century.[1]

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  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 3rd ed. quotes "P. Gibbard & T. van Kolfschoten in F. Gradstein et al. Geol. Time Scale 2004 xxii. 451/2 The term 'Recent' as an alternative to Holocene is invalid and should not be used."




recent ‎(comparative recenter, superlative recentst)

  1. recent


Inflection of recent
uninflected recent
inflected recente
comparative recenter
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial recent recenter het recentst
het recentste
indefinite m./f. sing. recente recentere recentste
n. sing. recent recenter recentste
plural recente recentere recentste
definite recente recentere recentste
partitive recents recenters