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Definitions of late

  1. after the expected or usual time; delayed; " 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"
  2. to an advanced time; " deep into the night"; " talked late into the evening"
  3. at an advanced age or stage; " she married late"; " undertook the project late in her career"
  4. being or occurring at an advanced period of time or after a usual or expected time; " late evening"; " late 18th century"; " a late movie"; " took a late flight"; " had a late breakfast"
  5. at or toward an end or late period or stage of development; " the late phase of feudalism"; " a later symptom of the disease"; " later medical science could have saved the child"
  6. ( linguistics) of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages; " Late Greek"
  7. of the immediate past or just previous to the present time; " a late development"; " their late quarrel"; " his recent trip to Africa"; " in recent months"; " a recent issue of the journal"
  8. having died recently; " her late husband"
  9. of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages; " Late Greek"
  10. Coming after the time when due, or after the usual or proper time; not early; slow; tardy; long delayed; as, a late spring.
  11. Far advanced toward the end or close; as, a late hour of the day; a late period of life.
  12. Existing or holding some position not long ago, but not now; lately deceased, departed, or gone out of office; as, the late bishop of London; the late administration.
  13. Not long past; happening not long ago; recent; as, the late rains; we have received late intelligence.
  14. Continuing or doing until an advanced hour of the night; as, late revels; a late watcher.
  15. Not long ago; lately.
  16. Far in the night, day, week, or other particular period; as, to lie abed late; to sit up late at night.
  17. After the usual or proper time, or the time appointed; after delay; as, he arrived late; - opposed to early.
  18. Coming after the usual time; tardy; long delayed; as, a late spring; far on toward the end or close; as, a late hour of the day; recent; as, a late occurrence; formerly in office; as, the late secretary of state; recently dead; as, the late Mr. Brown.
  19. After delay; as, to arrive late; after the usual time; as, to get up late; of late, recently; as, I have not seen you of late.
  20. Lateness.
  21. Later.
  22. Latest.
  23. ( comp. LATER; superl. LATEST), Slow, tardy: behindhand: coming after the expected time: long delayed: far advanced towards the close: last in any place or character: deceased: departed: out of office: not long past.
  24. LATE, LATELY.
  25. Coming after due time; far advanced; deceased; out of office, & c.
  26. Lato.
  27. Coming after time; tardy; recent; deceased.
  28. After or beyond the usual time; recently.
  29. Coming after the usual time; slow; tardy; long- delayed; far- advanced; existing not long ago, but not now; departed or deceased; not long past; recent.
  30. After the usual time; not long ago; lately; far in the night, day, week, or other particular period. Of late, in time not long past. Too late, not in due time.
  31. Coming after the usual time; tardy; long- delayed; deceased; departed; far in the day or night.
  32. After the usual time; in time not long past.
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Usage examples for late

  1. I am going up now; it is very late. – Adventures In Contentment by David Grayson AKA: Ray Stannard Baker
  2. It's a little late for that, I'm afraid. – A Canadian Bankclerk by J. P. Buschlen
  3. It must be very late. – My Little Lady by Eleanor Frances Poynter
  4. People come in and out here up to quite late. – Mary Gray by Katharine Tynan
  5. That was why Patsy was late. – Love of Brothers by Katharine Tynan
  6. We should have known better-" We were too late. – The Holes and John Smith by Edward W. Ludwig
  7. Mr. Sweetser was late. – Courts and Criminals by Arthur Train
  8. " Well, it's too late now, mother," said the girl. – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  9. Then I saw it was too late. – Two Boys and a Fortune by Matthew White, Jr.
  10. Onless we start at once, we shall be too late. – The Whelps of the Wolf by George Marsh
  11. Late at night, when the King's daughter is in bed, bring her here in her sleep, she shall do servant's work for me. – Household Tales by Brothers Grimm by Grimm Brothers
  12. Be I much late? – The Christmas Story from David Harum by Edward Noyes Westcott
  13. If only, only it is not too late! – The New Book Of Martyrs by Georges Duhamel
  14. I did not see Madame again till very late, at her going to bed. – The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete by Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
  15. Why is it so late? – The Girl Aviators and the Phantom Airship by Margaret Burnham
  16. We are too late to do any good." – Tom Swift and his Undersea Search or, The Treasure on the Floor of the Atlantic by Victor Appleton
  17. But it isn't too late yet! – The Red Room by August Strindberg
  18. One day thou mayst know that truth, but too late. – The Last Of The Barons, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  19. You- you ought to told me it was so late. – Every Soul Hath Its Song by Fannie Hurst
  20. Yes, I am late. – Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo by E. Phillips Oppenheim
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