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Not long ago; recently.
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in recent times; of late
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(ˈleɪt li)

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

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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"
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adverb recently, of late, just now, in recent times, not long ago, latterly His health hasn't been too good lately.
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Not long ago:
Idiom: of late.
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nedávnoposlední dobou
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 ...
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[ˈleɪtli] advces derniers temps
I haven't seen him lately → Je ne l'ai pas vu ces derniers temps.
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advin letzter Zeit; till latelybis vor Kurzem
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[ˈleɪtlɪ] advultimamente, di recente, recentemente
till lately → fino a poco or non molto tempo fa
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(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.
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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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I was at first much surprised how a large quadruped could so lately have subsisted, in lat.
She has been overwrought lately. The truth is, Ladislaw, I am an unlucky devil.
"That shall I have without delay, as well as this upstart knight's estates; for King Richard is lately returned, I hear, from the Holy Land."
I was bred up with him from my infancy, and we were hardly ever asunder; but it is very lately only that I have discovered half the villany which is in him.
"Since I cannot sleep," she said, "on account of your song which, believe me, is sweet as the lyre of Apollo, I shall indulge myself in drinking some nectar which Pallas lately gave me.
But probably all that has been here said may not be right; for, to resume the argument I lately used, if the people are not very brutal indeed, although we allow that each individual knows less of these affairs than those who have given particular attention to them, yet when they come together they will know them better, or at least not worse; besides, in some particular arts it is not the workman only who is the best judge; namely, in those the works of which are understood by those who do not profess them: thus he who builds a house is not the only judge of it, for the master of the family who inhabits it is a better; thus also a steersman is a better judge of a tiller than he who made it; and he who gives an entertainment than the cook.
Gilbert's mother, who was a gay, frank, light-hearted lady, but not overburdened with tact, had a very embarrassing habit of asking Anne, always in a painfully distinct voice and always in the presence of a crowd, if she had heard from Gilbert lately. Poor Anne could only blush horribly and murmur, "not very lately," which was taken by all, Mrs.
And so she began inquiring after her directly, saying, `I know you cannot have heard from Jane lately, because it is not her time for writing;' and when I immediately said, `But indeed we have, we had a letter this very morning,' I do not know that I ever saw any body more surprized.
"You are to know," said he, "that several committees of council have been lately called, in the most private manner, on your account; and it is but two days since his majesty came to a full resolution.
"Come this time, father," he urged lately, "for it is her birthday, and she is twenty-six," which is so great an age to David, that I think he fears she cannot last much longer.
Doth o'er us pass, when, as th' expanding eye To the loved object-so the tear to the lid Will start, which lately slept in apathy?
As a very distinguished flirt I have always been taught to consider her, but it has lately fallen In my way to hear some particulars of her conduct at Langford: which prove that she does not confine herself to that sort of honest flirtation which satisfies most people, but aspires to the more delicious gratification of making a whole family miserable.