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Not long ago; recently.


in recent times; of late


(ˈleɪt li)

of late; recently; not long since.
[before 1000]


1. 'late'

Late can be an adjective or an adverb.

If you are late for something, you arrive after the time that was arranged.

I was ten minutes late for my appointment.

You can also say that someone arrives late.

Etta arrived late.

Don't say that someone 'arrives lately'.

2. 'lately'

You use lately to say that something has been happening since a short time ago.

As you know, I've lately become interested in psychology.
Have you talked to Marianne lately?



Recently and newly are both used to indicate that something happened only a short time ago. There is no difference in meaning, but newly can only be used with an '-ed' form, usually in front of a noun.

...the newly elected Government.
On the newly painted white wall was a photograph of the President.

Recently can be used in several positions in a sentence.

... his recently established Internet business.
Recently a performance of Macbeth was given there.
There was recently a formal inquiry.
I have recently re-read all his books.

You can use recently or lately to say that something started happening a short time ago and is continuing to happen. You cannot use newly with this meaning.

They have recently been taking German lessons.
Lately he's been going around with Miranda Watkins.


1. 'ultimately'

You use ultimately to indicate that something is the final result of a series of events.

The discovery may ultimately lead to the development of new contraceptives.
The rebels hoped to create bad feeling and ultimately war between Spain and the United States.

You also use ultimately when you are drawing attention to a basic fact about a situation.

Ultimately, the problems are not scientific but moral.
It is ultimately the fault of the universities.
2. 'lately'

You do not use ultimately to say that something has been happening since a short time ago. You do not say, for example, 'Ultimately I have been feeling rather unwell'. You say 'I have been feeling rather unwell lately'.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.lately - in the recent past; "he was in Paris recently"; "lately the rules have been enforced"; "as late as yesterday she was fine"; "feeling better of late"; "the spelling was first affected, but latterly the meaning also"


adverb recently, of late, just now, in recent times, not long ago, latterly His health hasn't been too good lately.


Not long ago:
Idiom: of late.
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for nyligtpå det seneste
viime aikoina
u zadnje vrijeme
az utóbbi időbenmostanábannemrég
undanfariî, nÿlega
v zadnjem času
på sista tiden
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[ˈleɪtlɪ] ADVúltimamente, recientemente
have you heard from her lately?¿has sabido algo de ella últimamente?
(up) until or till latelyhasta hace poco
it's only lately thathace poco que ...


[ˈleɪtli] advces derniers temps
I haven't seen him lately → Je ne l'ai pas vu ces derniers temps.


advin letzter Zeit; till latelybis vor Kurzem


[ˈleɪtlɪ] advultimamente, di recente, recentemente
till lately → fino a poco or non molto tempo fa


(leit) adjective
1. coming etc after the expected or usual time. The train is late tonight; I try to be punctual but I am always late.
2. far on in the day or night. late in the day; late at night; It was very late when I got to bed.
3. dead, especially recently. the late king.
4. recently, but no longer, holding an office or position. Mr Allan, the late chairman, made a speech.
1. after the expected or usual time. He arrived late for his interview.
2. far on in the day or night. They always go to bed late.
ˈlateness noun
ˈlately adverb
in the recent past or not long ago. Have you seen her lately?
later on
at a later time. He hasn't arrived yet but no doubt he'll be here later on.
of late
lately. He thought she had been less friendly of late.

later see latter.


أَخِيرَاً nedávno på det seneste in letzter Zeit προσφάτως últimamente viime aikoina récemment u zadnje vrijeme ultimamente 最近 요즈음 recentelijk i det siste ostatnio ultimamente в последнее время på sista tiden เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้ son zamanlarda mới đây 最近
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Since the party, she had been more eager than ever, and had planned many ways of making friends with him, but he had not been seen lately, and Jo began to think he had gone away, when she one day spied a brown face at an upper window, looking wistfully down into their garden, where Beth and Amy were snow-balling one another.
Senor Beecher," said the Indian, adding, in Spanish, that he lived in the vicinity and had only lately been engaged by the young professor who hoped to discover the idol of gold before Tom's scientific friend could do so.
He read the chapters from Saint Matthew about the birth of Christ, and as we listened, it all seemed like something that had happened lately, and near at hand.
The uproar which had so lately echoed through the vaults of the forest was gone, leaving the rush of the waters to swell and sink on the currents of the air, in the unmingled sweetness of nature.
The smile reminded Thorndike of the smile on the face of a mother in a painting by Murillo he had lately presented to the chapel in the college he had given to his native town.
Thus we behold Kentucke, lately an howling wilderness, the habitation of savages and wild beasts, become a fruitful field; this region, so favourably distinguished by nature, now become the habitation of civilization, at a period unparalleled in history, in the midst of a raging war, and under all the disadvantages of emigration to a country so remote from the inhabited parts of the continent.
Scarcely knowing what she did, she ran out, vaguely intent only on one thought, seeking only the one face, lately so dear in recollection that she felt she would die if she never saw it again.
All around were scattered shavings, chips, shingles, and broken halves of bricks; these, together with the lately turned earth, on which the grass had not begun to grow, contributed to the impression of strangeness and novelty proper to a house that had yet its place to make among men's daily interests.
We were on the edge of the lake, and, as we had lately begun geography, the lake was the Sea of Azof.
He was a little frisky; though as yet his body seemed scarce yet recovered from that irksome position it had so lately occupied in the maternal reticule; where, tail to head, and all ready for the final spring, the unborn whale lies bent like a Tartar's bow.
Well, lately Mas'r has been saying that he was a fool to let me marry off the place; that he hates Mr.
The Hindus dreamed that the earth rested on an elephant, and the elephant on a tortoise, and the tortoise on a serpent; and though it may be an unimportant coincidence, it will not be out of place here to state, that a fossil tortoise has lately been discovered in Asia large enough to support an elephant.