English adjective: late
|1.||late being or occurring at an advanced period of time or after a usual or expected time|
Late 18th century.
A late movie.
Took a late flight.
Had a late breakfast.
|Similar||advanced, after-hours, latish, posthumous, ripe|
|2.||late after the expected or usual time; delayed|
|Samples||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.
|3.||late of the immediate past or just previous to the present time|
|Samples||A late development.|
Their late quarrel.
His recent trip to Africa.
In recent months.
A recent issue of the journal.
|4.||late having died recently|
|Samples||Her late husband.|
|5.||late of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages|
|Similar||Modern, New, New|
|6.||late at or toward an end or late period or stage of development|
|Samples||The late phase of feudalism.|
A later symptom of the disease.
Later medical science could have saved the child.
|7.||late (used especially of persons) of the immediate past|
|Samples||The former president.|
Our late President is still very active.
The previous occupant of the White House.
English adverb: late
|1.||late later than usual or than expected|
|Samples||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.
|Antonyms||ahead of time, too soon, early|
|2.||late to an advanced time|
|Samples||Deep into the night.|
Talked late into the evening.
|3.||late at an advanced age or stage|
|Samples||She married late.|
Undertook the project late in her career.
|4.||late in the recent past|
|Samples||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.
|Synonyms||lately, latterly, of late, recently|