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    late - Dictionary definition and meaning for word late

    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (adj) having died recently
    Example Sentence
    • her late husband
    Definition
    (adj) of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages
    Example Sentence
    • Late Greek
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (adv) to an advanced time
    Synonyms : deep
    Example Sentence
    • deep into the night
    • talked late into the evening
    Definition
    (adv) at an advanced age or stage
    Example Sentence
    • she married late
    • undertook the project late in her career
    Definition
    (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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