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RE'CENT, adjective [Latin recens.]

1. New; being of late origin or existence.

The ancients believed some parts of Egypt to be recent and formed by the mud discharged into the sea by the Nile.

2. Late; modern; as great and worthy men ancient or recent [Modern is now used.]

3. Fresh; lately received; as recent news or intelligence.

4. Late; of late occurrence; as a recent event or transaction.

5. Fresh; not long dismissed, released or parted from; as Ulysses, recent from the storms.