What is the meaning of late?


  • Being or occurring at an advanced period of time or after a usual or expected time.
    • usage: "late evening"; "late 18th century"; "a late movie"; "took a late flight"; "had a late breakfast"
  • After the expected or usual time; delayed.
    • usage: "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"
  • Of the immediate past or just previous to the present time.
    • usage: "a late development"; "their late quarrel"; "his recent trip to Africa"; "in recent months"; "a recent issue of the journal"
  • Having died recently.
    • usage: "her late husband"
  • Of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages.
    • usage: "Late Greek"
  • At or toward an end or late period or stage of development.
    • usage: "the late phase of feudalism"; "a later symptom of the disease"; "later medical science could have saved the child"
  • Used especially of persons. ( of the immediate past)
    • usage: "the former president"; "our late President is still very active"; "the previous occupant of the White House"


  • Later than usual or than expected.
    • usage: "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"
  • To an advanced time.
    • usage: "deep into the night"; "talked late into the evening"
  • At an advanced age or stage.
    • usage: "she married late"; "undertook the project late in her career"
  • In the recent past.
    • usage: "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"
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APAWordNet. (2010). late. Retrieved May 27, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/late/definitions/1177356
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "late" http://smartdefine.org/late/definitions/1177356 (accessed May 27, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, late, Smart Define, viewed 27 May, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/late/definitions/1177356>.
MLAWordNet. "late" 23 October 2010. Web. 27 May 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/late/definitions/1177356>
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