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.
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 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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