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belated

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adjective be·lat·ed \bi-ˈlā-təd, bē-\

Simple Definition of belated

  • : happening or coming very late or too late

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of belated

  1. 1 :  delayed beyond the usual time

  2. 2 :  existing or appearing past the normal or proper time

belatedly

adverb

belatedness

noun

Examples of belated in a sentence

  1. She received belated recognition for her scientific discovery.



Did You Know?

Long ago, there was a verb "belate," which meant "to make late." From the beginning, "belate" tended to mostly turn up in the form of its past participle "belated." Eventually, "belate" itself fell out of use, leaving behind "belated" as an adjective that preserved the original notion of delay. As you may have guessed, "belate" and its descendant "belated" derive from the adjective "late"; "belate" was formed by simply combining the prefix be- ("to cause to be") with "late."

Origin and Etymology of belated

past participle of belate (to make late)


First Known Use: 1670


BELATED Defined for Kids

belated

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adjective be·lat·ed \bi-ˈlā-təd\

Definition of belated for Students

  1. :  happening or coming very late or too late <belated birthday wishes>

belatedly

adverb




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