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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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Antonyms for late

due, foregoing, going, hasty, vibrant, quick, dizzy, nippy, anticipated, immature, past, prospective, embryotic, proximate, rudimentary, prior, lightning, archean, inchoate, primordial, rattling, embryonic, passe, anterior, proto, animated, fusty, ongoing, PDQ, fleet, pristine, crude, new-fashioned, low, out-of-date, lower, germinal, right now, former, right off, timely, fast, lively, backward, approaching, straightway, first, untimely, primal, original, thriving, oldfangled, vivacious, newfangled, preceding, Rapid-fire, ahead of time, blistering, incipient, dynamic, current, premier, live, breathing, beforehand, nonprogressive, instantaneously, antediluvian, mid, prompt, alive, galloping, unseasonably, earlyish, underdeveloped, antique, foremost, whirlwind, Looming, archaeozoic, maiden, Incontinently, earlier, pending, early, archaic, presently, swift, inaugural, precocious, breathless, wee, attending, splitting, ultramodern, previous, awaited, red hot, rude, undeveloped, contemporary, hoary, oncoming, in, vital, unseasonable, scheduled, uncivilized, green, prime, ancient, promptly, upcoming, punctual, active, speedy, new age, unripened, antiquated, zippy, advance, Headmost, outworn, flying, new, Instanter, present, brisk, initial, functioning, autochthonic, mod, prematurely, dated, proterozoic, inopportunely, archeozoic, hot, intervening, old, unborn, Slated, modern, snappy, aboriginal, present-day, instantly, primitive, obsolete, Nearing, earliest, young, space age, unripe, expected, primeval, seasonable, musty, too soon, precedent, designer, primaeval, impending, breakneck, state of the art, neanderthal, running, old-time, primary, precociously, directly, forthwith, underweight, leadoff, threatening, opportune, old fashioned, right away, extant, forthcoming, animate, coming, bang, azoic, middle, undersized, savage, future, rapid, operative, pronto, antecedent, straight off, inopportune, living, uneducated, well-timed, fleet-footed, modernistic, archaean.

Quotes of late

  1. I did not in late November start the plethora of linking my private life with public events again. – David Blunkett
  2. Let none think to fly the danger for soon or late love is his own avenger. – George Byron
  3. One of the pleasant duties of America's most famous announcers during the relatively short swing era of the big bands was to host late -night remotes from some of the most famous ballrooms throughout the country. – Nick Clooney
  4. I don't want to peak too early. The worry is that you never know until it's all over whether you peaked at all- and then you're finished and it's too late – Tom Courtenay
  5. We started focusing on this in earnest late summer and early fall. I can build more power plants. In the 12 years before us, not a single plant of major consequence was built. – Gray Davis
  6. We get too soon old and too late smart. – Frank Kelly Freas
  7. Glory paid to our ashes comes too late – Marcus Valerius Martial
  8. There was this mountain village in Russia where my music was getting in on some German radio station. I remember this because music used to get up to Saskatchewan from Texas. Late at night after the local station closed down. – Joni Mitchell
  9. How many wives have been forced by the death of well -intentioned but too protective husbands to face reality late in life, bewildered and frightened because they were strangers to it! – Hortense Odlum
  10. I mean, the death in the late eighties and early nineties really shook out a lot of hacks. The pond just sort of dried up for a lot of really bad comedians. – Patton Oswalt
  11. Intellectualism came very late to America. That's why Americans are so proud of it. I found very few real intellectuals in America. But there are so many pseudo -intellectuals. – Douglas Sirk
  12. There's a part of me that wishes I'd never said one single solitary word on any subject publicly. Then I could have been the tortured poet, and there's so much mileage in that. But it's too late to stop now. – Richard Thompson
  13. I have now taken a serious task upon myself and I fear a greater one that is in the power of any man to perform in the given time -but it is too late to go back. – Eli Whitney
  14. I know about having days off. They can be helpful sometimes, especially late in the year. It's just key to go out there and establish early, especially in this park where they can put up some crooked numbers early. – Dontrelle Willis
  15. Justice is like a train that is nearly always late – Yevgeny Yevtushenko

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

Rhymes for late