Meaning of “recent” in the English Dictionary

"recent" in British English

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uk /ˈriː.sənt/ us /ˈriː.sənt/

B1 happening or starting from a short time ago:

Is that a recent photo?
Have you been following recent political events?
In recent times/years/months, etc. there has been an increase in the amount of violence on television.

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  • In recent years I've been cursed with worsening eyesight.
  • The party's ambitions have been deflated by the two recent by-election defeats.
  • They've updated a lot of the entries in the most recent edition of the encyclopaedia.
  • He dismissed recent rumours about his private life as fictitious.
  • House prices have plummeted in recent months.

(Definition of “recent” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"recent" in American English

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us /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.
adverb us /ˈri·sənt·li/

We just recently moved to Texas.

(Definition of “recent” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)