Learner's definition of RECENT
[more recent; most recent]
happening or beginning not long ago
Recent events have brought attention to the problem.
I usually watch that show every week, but I missed the most recent episode.
Medical science has made amazing progress in recent decades/years.
She's a recent college graduate. [=she graduated from college a short time ago]
The change was recent.
That was the biggest earthquake in recent history/memory.