Late meaning

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After the expected, usual, or proper time.

A train that arrived late; woke late and had to skip breakfast.

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Recently; lately.

As late as yesterday.

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The definition of late is something that happens or someone that arrives after the expected time.

An example of late is someone showing up to breakfast in the afternoon.

An example of late is a show that was supposed to start at four beginning at four thirty.

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Of or toward the end or more advanced part, as of a period or stage.

The late 19th century; a later symptom of the disease.

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Recently.

As late as last week he was still in town.

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Happening, coming, etc. after the usual, proper, or expected time; tardy; behindhand.
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Happening, appearing, etc. just prior to the present time; recent.

A late news bulletin.

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Having been so recently but not now.

Our late allies.

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Having recently died.
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After the usual, proper, or expected time; tardily.
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At or until an advanced time of the day, night, year, etc.
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Toward the end of a given period, development, etc.
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Near the end of a period of time.

It was late in the evening when we finally arrived.

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Specifically, near the end of the day.

It was getting late and I was tired.

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(usually not used comparatively) Associated with the end of a period.

Late Latin is less fully inflected than classical Latin.

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Not arriving until after an expected time.

Even though we drove as fast as we could, we were still late.

Panos was so late that he arrived at the meeting after Antonio, who had the excuse of being in hospital for most of the night.

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Not having had an expected menstrual period.

I'm late, honey. Could you buy a test?

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(not comparable, euphemistic) Deceased, dead: used particularly when speaking of the dead person's actions while alive. (Often used with the; see usage notes.)

Her late husband had left her well provided for.

The piece was composed by the late Igor Stravinsky.

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Existing or holding some position not long ago, but not now; departed, or gone out of office.

The late bishop of London; the late administration.

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Recent "” relative to the noun it modifies.
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(informal) A shift (scheduled work period) that takes place late in the day or at night.
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After a deadline has passed, past a designated time.

We drove as fast as we could, but we still arrived late.

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of late
  • Recently; lately:.
    Was feeling better of late.
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late on
  • At a late stage; near the end.
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of late
  • Lately.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of late

  • Middle English from Old English læt lē- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English late, lat, from Old English læt (“slow; slack, lax, negligent; late"), from Proto-Germanic *lataz (“slow, lazy"), from Proto-Indo-European *lÄ“(y)d- (“to weaken, tire, relax, subside"). Cognate with Scots lat (“late"), West Frisian let (“late"), Dutch laat (“late"), Low German laat (“late"), German lass (“dull, limp"), Swedish lat (“idle, lazy"), Icelandic latur (“lazy"), Latin lassus (“weary, faint").
    From Wiktionary