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late - Dictionary definition and meaning for word late

(adj) being or occurring at an advanced period of time or after a usual or expected time
Example Sentence
  • late evening
  • late 18th century
  • a late movie
  • took a late flight
  • had a late breakfast

(adj) after the expected or usual time; delayed
Synonyms : belated , tardy
Example Sentence
  • a belated birthday card
  • I'm late for the plane
  • the train is late
  • tardy children are sent to the principal
  • always tardy in making dental appointments

(adj) of the immediate past or just previous to the present time
Synonyms : recent
Example Sentence
  • a late development
  • their late quarrel
  • his recent trip to Africa
  • in recent months
  • a recent issue of the journal

(adj) having died recently
Example Sentence
  • her late husband

(adj) of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages
Example Sentence
  • Late Greek

(adj) at or toward an end or late period or stage of development
Synonyms : later
Example Sentence
  • the late phase of feudalism
  • a later symptom of the disease
  • later medical science could have saved the child

(adj) (used especially of persons) of the immediate past
Synonyms : former , previous
Example Sentence
  • the former president
  • our late President is still very active
  • the previous occupant of the White House

(adv) later than usual or than expected
Synonyms : belatedly , tardily
Example Sentence
  • the train arrived late
  • we awoke late
  • the children came late to school
  • notice came so tardily that we almost missed the deadline
  • I belatedly wished her a happy birthday

(adv) to an advanced time
Synonyms : deep
Example Sentence
  • deep into the night
  • talked late into the evening

(adv) at an advanced age or stage
Example Sentence
  • she married late
  • undertook the project late in her career

(adv) in the recent past
Synonyms : lately , latterly , of late , recently
Example Sentence
  • 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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