Meaning of RECENT in English

re ‧ cent S2 W1 /ˈriːs ə nt/ BrE AmE adjective

[ Date: 1400-1500 ; Language: French ; Origin: Latin recens 'fresh, recent' ]

having happened or started only a short time ago:

Irving’s most recent book

recent research into the causes of cancer

in recent years/months/times etc

The situation has improved in recent years.

the recent past


In everyday English, people usually say in the last/past few weeks/months/years etc rather than in recent weeks/months etc:

Things have been pretty busy in the last few weeks.

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▪ new :

a new sports centre


a new edition of the book


an entirely new theory of time and space

▪ brand new completely new:

a brand new car


The house looks brand new.

▪ recent made, produced etc a short time ago:

recent research into brain chemistry

▪ the latest [only before noun] the most recent:

Have you seen his latest film?


the latest fashions from Paris

▪ modern different from earlier things of the same kind because of using new methods, equipment, or designs:

modern technology


modern farming methods


a modern kitchen

▪ original new and completely different from what other people have done or thought of before, especially in a way that seems interesting:

The play is highly original.


His style is completely original.

▪ fresh fresh ideas, evidence, or ways of doing things are new and different, and are used instead of previous ones:

We need a fresh approach to the problem.


They want young people with fresh ideas.


Police think they may have found some fresh evidence that links him to the murder.

▪ novel new and different in a surprising and unusual way – used especially about a suggestion, experience, or way of doing something:

The club have come up with a novel way of raising cash.


The King was passionately in love, which was a novel experience for him.

▪ innovative completely new and showing a lot of imagination – used especially about a design or way of doing something:

an attractive website with an innovative design


They came up with an innovative approach to the problem.

▪ revolutionary completely new in a way that has a very big effect – used especially about an idea, method, or invention:

a revolutionary treatment for breast cancer


His theories were considered to be revolutionary at the time.

▪ new-fangled [only before noun] used about something that is new and modern but which you disapprove of:

My grandfather hated all this newfangled technology.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.