recent vs resent :

recent or resent

There are actually three words to distinguish here. “Recent,” always pronounced with an unvoiced hissy S and with the accent on the first syllable, means “not long ago,” as in, “ I appreciated your recent encouragement.” “Resent” has two different meanings with two different pronunciations, both with the accent on the second syllable. In the most common case, where “resent” means “feel annoyed at,” the word is pronounced with a voiced Z sound: “I resent your implication that I gave you the chocolates only because I was hoping you’d share them with me.” In the less common case, the word means “to send again,” and is pronounced with an unvoiced hissy S sound: “The e-mail message bounced, so I resent it.” So say the intended word aloud. If the accent is on the second syllable, “resent” is the spelling you need.

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Definitions

  • n  approximately the last 10,000 years
  • s  new
    recent graduates
    a recent addition to the house
    recent buds on the apple trees
  • s  of the immediate past or just previous to the present time
    his recent trip to Africa
    in recent months
    a recent issue of the journal

  • v  feel bitter or indignant about
    She resents being paid less than her co-workers
  • v  wish ill or allow unwillingly
News & Articles


  • Senior Spotlights 2013
    Selecting students for the Morgan Hill Times' annual senior spotlight honor is no enviable task. That's why we make the principals do it (and they resent us for making them narrow it down to one!) The
    June 13, 2013 - Morgan Hill Times
  • Scorsese, De Niro honor Mel Brooks at AFI tribute
    LOS ANGELES – Robert De Niro and Morgan Freeman never worked with Mel Brooks, and the Oscar winners came to a ceremony in his honor to let him know they resent it.
    June 11, 2013 - The Buffalo News
  • Bruce Jenkins: Serena gaining on Federer in best-ever debate
    Best everarguments generally hit a roadblock in tennis, usually about the refined modern equipment that makes wooden rackets and gut strings so dramatically obsolete. So let's stay in the present and ask this question: Is Serena Williams challenging Roger Federer as the best player of this generation? And could she soon own that distinction all by herself?
    June 11, 2013 - Sports Illustrated