• enPR: rē'sənt, IPA: /ˈɹiːsənt/


  1. Having happened a short while ago.
  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. (sciences) Particularly in geology, palaeontology, and astronomy: having occurred a relatively short time ago, but still potentially thousands or even millions of years ago.
  5. (geology, astronomy, capitalised as "Recent") Of the Holocene, particularly pre-21st century.
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