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adjective (a)

  • being or occurring at an advanced period of time or after a usual or expected time (adj.all)
    Antonym: middle
    Late evening.
    Late 18th century.
    A late movie.
    Took a late flight.
    Had a late breakfast.
    source: wordnet30
  • of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages (adj.all)
    Late Greek.
    source: wordnet30
  • at or toward an end or late period or stage of development (adj.all)
    Synonym: later
    The late phase of feudalism.
    A later symptom of the disease.
    Later medical science could have saved the child.
    source: wordnet30
  • Coming after the time when due, or after the usual or proper time; not early; slow; tardy; long delayed; as, a late spring. (adjective)
    source: webster1913

adverb (r)

  • later than usual or than expected (adv.all)
    The train arrived late.
    We awoke late.
    The children came late to school.
    I belatedly wished her a happy birthday.
    source: wordnet30
  • to an advanced time (adv.all)
    Talked late into the evening.
    source: wordnet30
  • at an advanced age or stage (adv.all)
    She married late.
    Undertook the project late in her career.
    source: wordnet30
  • in the recent past (adv.all)
    Lately the rules have been enforced.
    As late as yesterday she was fine.
    Feeling better of late.
    source: wordnet30
  • After the usual or proper time, or the time appointed; after delay; as, he arrived late; -- opposed to early. (adverb)
    source: webster1913

adjective satellite (s)

  • after the expected or usual time; delayed (adj.all)
    Synonym: belated, tardy
    A belated birthday card.
    I'm late for the plane.
    The train is late.
    source: wordnet30
  • of the immediate past or just previous to the present time (adj.all)
    Synonym: recent
    A late development.
    Their late quarrel.
    source: wordnet30
  • having died recently (adj.all)
    Her late husband.
    source: wordnet30
  • (used especially of persons) of the immediate past (adj.all)
    Synonym: former, previous
    Our late President is still very active.
    source: wordnet30

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