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recent    : [r'isənt]
Recent \Re"cent\ (r[=e]"sent), a. [L. recens, -entis: cf. F.
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.
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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.
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2. (Geol.) Of or pertaining to the present or existing epoch;
as, recent shells.
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adj 1: new; "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" [synonym: {late(a)}, {recent}]
n 1: approximately the last 10,000 years [synonym: {Holocene},
{Holocene epoch}, {Recent}, {Recent epoch}]

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