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
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.
A judge ordered in February that an attorney for Lindsey, David Kenton Payne, could file a belated appeal after a filing mix-up.
A friend of Hellmann’s told the Palm Beach Post that the trip was a belated honeymoon for the newlyweds. 2.
Fans have marveled at the staying power of Nadal, Federer and 35-year-old Serena Williams -- not to mention the belated rise of 32-year-old 2017 French Open finalist Stan Wawrinka, who has won his three major titles over the last three years.
Trump's belated effort to calm the situation comes as the Qatari military has brought up 16 Leopard tanks out of storage in Doha and put the military on its highest alert out of fear that Saudi Arabia and others might attempt a military incursion.
Storm pitcher Jack Stancl also knows it, and on Saturday didn't mind belated help from umpires.
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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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