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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Recent  \Re"cent\,  a.  [L.  recens,  -entis:  cf  F.  r['e]cent.] 
  1.  Of  late  origin,  existence,  or  occurrence;  lately  come  not 
  of  remote  date,  antiquated  style,  or  the  like  not  already 
  known  familiar,  worn  out  trite,  etc.;  fresh;  novel;  new 
  modern;  as  recent  news 
  The  ancients  were  of  opinion,  that  a  considerable 
  portion  of  that  country  [Egypt]  was  recent,  and 
  formed  out  of  the  mud  discharged  into  the 
  neighboring  sea  by  the  Nile.  --Woodward. 
  2.  (Geol.)  Of  or  pertaining  to  the  present  or  existing  epoch; 
  as  recent  shells. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  being  new  in  a  time  not  long  past;  "recent  graduates";  "a 
  recent  addition  to  the  house";  "recent  buds  on  the 
  apple  trees" 
  2:  of  the  immediate  past  or  just  previous  to  the  present  time; 
  "a  late  development";  "their  late  quarrel";  "his  recent 
  trip  to  Africa";  "in  recent  months";  "a  recent  issue  of 
  the  journal"  [syn:  {late(a)}] 
  3:  near  to  or  not  long  before  the  present;  "recent  times";  "of 
  recent  origin" 

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