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English definition of “recent”


adjective    /ˈri·sənt/
having happened or having been done a short time ago: He sent me a copy of his most recent article. A recent study shows that most of the country-music audience is female. recently    /ˈri·sənt·li/ adverb We just recently moved to Texas.
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