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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. later than usual or than expected; " 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"
  3. to an advanced time; " deep into the night"; " talked late into the evening"
  4. ( used especially of persons) of the immediate past; " the former president"; " our late President is still very active"; " the previous occupant of the White House"
  5. in the recent past; " 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"
  6. at an advanced age or stage; " she married late"; " undertook the project late in her career"
  7. 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"
  8. 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"
  9. ( linguistics) of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages; " Late Greek"
  10. 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"
  11. having died recently; " her late husband"
  12. of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages; " Late Greek"
  13. Coming after the time when due, or after the usual or proper time; not early; slow; tardy; long delayed; as, a late spring.
  14. Far advanced toward the end or close; as, a late hour of the day; a late period of life.
  15. 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.
  16. Not long past; happening not long ago; recent; as, the late rains; we have received late intelligence.
  17. Continuing or doing until an advanced hour of the night; as, late revels; a late watcher.
  18. Not long ago; lately.
  19. Far in the night, day, week, or other particular period; as, to lie abed late; to sit up late at night.
  20. After the usual or proper time, or the time appointed; after delay; as, he arrived late; - opposed to early.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Lateness.
  24. Later.
  25. Latest.
  26. ( 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.
  27. LATE, LATELY.
  28. Coming after due time; far advanced; deceased; out of office, & c.
  29. Lato.
  30. Coming after time; tardy; recent; deceased.
  31. After or beyond the usual time; recently.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. Coming after the usual time; tardy; long- delayed; deceased; departed; far in the day or night.
  35. After the usual time; in time not long past.
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Usage examples for late

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