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[leyt-lee] /ˈleɪt li/
of late; recently; not long since:
He has been very grouchy lately.
Origin of lately
before 1000; Middle English latli; Old English lætlīce; see late, -ly Unabridged
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  • So, our feathers have been ruffled lately by a nagging fear that one of our pullets is a rooster.
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  • lately, though, the status of the iconic animal has been up for debate.
  • But lately there has been evidence that plants and animals are changing much faster than that.
  • lately, microscopy has been greatly enhanced by digital image processing.
  • lately, you've been doing things that are a little different than the close up portraits.
  • There's a little check mark by the recipe for popovers, which pleases me, since this has been my own breakfast obsession lately.
  • lately, however, the manuscripts have begun to trickle out into the world.
British Dictionary definitions for lately


in recent times; of late
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Word Origin and History for lately

Old English lætlice "slow, sluggish;" see late (adj.) + -ly (2). Meaning "within recent times" is from late 15c., probably a new formation.

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