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.
adj 1: being new in a time not long past; "recent graduates"; "a
recent addition to the house"; "recent buds on the
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