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 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.