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English adjective: late

1. late being or occurring at an advanced period of time or after a usual or expected time


SamplesLate evening.
Late 18th century.
A late movie.
Took a late flight.
Had a late breakfast.


Similaradvanced, after-hours, latish, posthumous, ripe


Attributetiming


Antonymsearly, middle

2. late after the expected or usual time; delayed


SamplesA 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.


Synonymsbelated, tardy


Similarunpunctual


Antonymspunctual

3. late of the immediate past or just previous to the present time


SamplesA late development.
Their late quarrel.
His recent trip to Africa.
In recent months.
A recent issue of the journal.


Synonymsrecent


Similarpast


Antonymsfuture, present

4. late having died recently


SamplesHer late husband.


Similardead


Antonymsalive, live

5. late of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages


SamplesLate Greek.


SimilarModern, New, New


Domain categorylinguistics


Antonymsmiddle, early

6. late at or toward an end or late period or stage of development


SamplesThe late phase of feudalism.
A later symptom of the disease.
Later medical science could have saved the child.


Synonymslater


Similaradvanced, tardive


Antonymsearly

7. late (used especially of persons) of the immediate past


SamplesThe former president.
Our late President is still very active.
The previous occupant of the White House.


Synonymsformer, previous


Similarpast


Antonymsfuture, present


English adverb: late

1. late later than usual or than expected


SamplesThe 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.


Synonymsbelatedly, tardily


Antonymsahead of time, too soon, early

2. late to an advanced time


SamplesDeep into the night.
Talked late into the evening.


Synonymsdeep

3. late at an advanced age or stage


SamplesShe married late.
Undertook the project late in her career.

4. late in the recent past


SamplesHe 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.


Synonymslately, latterly, of late, recently









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