Recent vs. Current

Recent vs. Current — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Recent and Current

Recentadjective

Having happened a short while ago.

Currentnoun

The part of a fluid that moves continuously in a certain direction.

Recentadjective

Up-to-date; not old-fashioned or dated.

Currentnoun

(electricity) The time rate of flow of electric charge.

Recentadjective

Having done something a short while ago that distinguishes them as what they are called.

The cause has several hundred recent donors.I met three recent graduates at the conference.

Currentnoun

A tendency or a course of events.

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Recentadjective

(sciences) Particularly in geology, palaeontology, and astronomy: having occurred a relatively short time ago, but still potentially thousands or even millions of years ago.

Currentadjective

Existing or occurring at the moment.

current events;current leaders;current negotiations

Recentadjective

Of the Holocene, particularly pre-21st century.

Currentadjective

Generally accepted, used, practiced, or prevalent at the moment.

current affairs;current bills and coins;current fashions

Recentadjective

being new in a time not long past;

recent graduatesa recent addition to the houserecent buds on the apple trees

Currentadjective

(obsolete) Running or moving rapidly.

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Recentadjective

of the immediate past or just previous to the present time;

a late developmenttheir late quarrelhis recent trip to Africain recent monthsa recent issue of the journal

Currentnoun

a flow of electricity through a conductor;

the current was measured in amperes

Recentadjective

near to or not long before the present;

recent timesof recent origin

Currentnoun

a steady flow (usually from natural causes);

the raft floated downstream on the currenthe felt a stream of air

Currentnoun

dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas;

two streams of development run through American historystream of consciousnessthe flow of thoughtthe current of history

Currentadjective

occurring in or belonging to the present time;

current eventsthe current topiccurrent negotiationscurrent psychoanalytic theoriesthe ship's current position