Definition of belated
1 : delayed beyond the usual time One of the men was belated and did not join us at all. — William Pittenger
2 : existing or appearing past the normal or proper time a belated birthday card She received belated recognition for her work.
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Examples of belated in a Sentence
She received belated recognition for her scientific discovery.
Recent Examples of belated from the Web
On January 5, 2008, Christian went to bed after celebrating a belated Christmas holiday with his family.
The belated realization that its ad revenue base is in apparently terminal decline has prompted a more sober assessment.
The celebration is actually a little belated — partly because of those College World Series pre-emptions.
A Foreign Ministry source quoted in major Moscow newspaper Izvestia suggested that the belated return to cold war-style tit-for-tat diplomacy may be imminent.
And running to Congress seems belated and impotent.
The first half of 2017 has ended with big moves in global bond yields and exchange rates, sparked by a belated realization that central banks are increasingly edging toward reining in extraordinary policy measures.
When Bowen reached the site, it was bathed in red lights as a belated warning for workers to stay away.
The Bee wishes a happy belated birthday to Gipson, who turned 51 on Sunday.
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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: 1670See Words from the same year
BELATED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of belated for English Language Learners
: happening or coming very late or too late
BELATED Defined for Kids
Definition of belated for Students
: happening or coming very late or too late belated birthday wishes
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