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Adjective: late (later,latest)  leyt
  1. After the expected or usual time; delayed
    "I'm late for the plane"; "the train is late";
    - belated, tardy, lated [archaic]
  2. 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"
  3. Of the immediate past or just previous to the present time
    "a late development"; "their late quarrel";
    - recent
  4. Having died recently
    "her late husband"
  5. (used especially of persons) of the immediate past
    "our late President is still very active";
    - former, previous
  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";
    - later
  7. (linguistics) of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages
    "Late Greek"
Adverb: late  leyt
  1. Later than usual or than expected
    "the train arrived late"; "we awoke late"; "the children came late to school";
    - belatedly, tardily
  2. To an advanced time
    "talked late into the evening";
    - deep
  3. At an advanced age or stage
    "she married late"; "undertook the project late in her career"
  4. In the recent past
    "as late as yesterday she was fine"; "feeling better of late"; "he was in Paris as of late";
    - recently, lately, of late, latterly, as of late

Derived forms: latest, later

See also: advanced, after-hours, dead, latish, Modern, New, past, posthumous, ripe, tardive, timing, unpunctual

Antonym: early, middle

Encyclopedia: Late