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Meaning & Definition of Late in English





1. 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"
  • late

2. 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"
  • belated,
  • late,
  • tardy

3. 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"
  • late(a),
  • recent

4. Having died recently

  • "Her late husband"
  • late(a)

5. Of a later stage in the development of a language or literature

  • Used especially of dead languages
  • "Late greek"
  • late

6. 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"
  • late,
  • later(a)

7. (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"
  • former(a),
  • late(a),
  • previous(a)


1. 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"
  • late,
  • belatedly,
  • tardily

2. To an advanced time

  • "Deep into the night"
  • "Talked late into the evening"
  • deep,
  • late

3. At an advanced age or stage

  • "She married late"
  • "Undertook the project late in her career"
  • late

4. 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"
  • recently,
  • late,
  • lately,
  • of late,
  • latterly

Examples of using

I'd like you to tell Tom not to be late.
Unfortunately, I'm late.
Alas, I was late.