late

adjective
\ ˈlāt How to pronounce late (audio) \
later; latest

Definition of late

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : coming or remaining after the due, usual, or proper time a late spring was late for class
(2) : of, relating to, or imposed because of tardiness had to pay a late fee
b(1) : of or relating to an advanced stage in point of time or development : occurring near the end of a period of time or series the late Middle Ages
(2) : far advanced toward the close of the day or night late hours
2a : living comparatively recently : now deceased used of persons the late John Doe and often with reference to a specific relationship or status his late wife
b : being something or holding some position or relationship recently but not now the late belligerents
c : made, appearing, or happening just previous to the present time especially as the most recent of a succession our late quarrel

late

adverb
later; latest

Definition of late (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : after the usual or proper time got to work late
b : at or to an advanced point of time
2 : not long ago : recently a writer late of Chicago
of late
: in the period shortly or immediately preceding : recently has been sick of late

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Other Words from late

Adjective

lateness noun

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Adjective

dead, defunct, deceased, departed, late mean devoid of life. dead applies literally to what is deprived of vital force but is used figuratively of anything that has lost any attribute (such as energy, activity, radiance) suggesting life. a dead, listless performance defunct stresses cessation of active existence or operation. a defunct television series deceased, departed, and late apply to persons who have died recently. deceased is the preferred term in legal use. the estate of the deceased departed is used usually as a euphemism. our departed sister late is used especially with reference to a person in a specific relation or status. the company's late president

Examples of late in a Sentence

Adjective It happened in late spring. a word first recorded in the late 17th century We had a late spring this year. Hurry up or we'll be late for school. Their warning was too late to help him. I've always been a late riser. He made a donation to the school in memory of his late wife. Adverb Late in the year he became ill. It rained late in the day. Late in his career he moved to the city. a word first recorded late in the 17th century They were trailing by a touchdown late in the fourth quarter. The package should be arriving late next week. He sent in his job application late. They arrived too late for breakfast. I like getting up late. The package arrived late, but better late than never!
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Beavers rallied from a pair of five-run deficits to tie the game at 9-9 heading in the eighth inning, then loaded the bases in the top of the ninth, threatening to win for the fifth time in the last six games with a late-game rally. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Oregon State baseball loses heartbreaker to UC Irvine on 9th-inning home run," 25 Apr. 2021 Even a date with any of the league’s most notorious late-game assassins has nothing but upside. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "Mike Finger: San Antonio Spurs can be spoiler in play-in," 24 Apr. 2021 The Queen's arrangements are different from her late husband's. Alex Warner, Marie Claire, "Exactly What Will Happen When Queen Elizabeth II Dies," 23 Apr. 2021 Bussink’s late-game heroics last Friday led the Eagles to a 20-14 comeback win over Long Reach and the program’s first two-game winning streak since November 2013. Jacob Calvin Meyer, baltimoresun.com, "Steadily growing, Wintarian Basketball League preparing to kick off again in May | Howard Sports Notebook," 22 Apr. 2021 Geneva rolled to an 18-3 victory in Game 2, carrying over the late-game momentum from Game 1 with 8 runs in the first inning. Steve Gorches, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando area high school scores and top performers from Saturday, April 17," 18 Apr. 2021 The most profitable time to buy stocks (late March 2020) was when our economy was shutting down, well before the recession became official at the end of June. Ben Marks And Brett Angel, Star Tribune, "Investors shouldn't mistake the market for the economy," 17 Apr. 2021 The rule aims to incentivize teams to leave their starters in the game longer, increasing their value as well as prioritizing late-game strategy. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers place Lorenzo Cain on 10-day injured list with quadriceps strain," 14 Apr. 2021 One night in late March, residents of the Pacific Northwest saw mysterious streaks light overhead. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "After a Fiery Display, SpaceX Debris Landed on a Washington Farm," 13 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb When census takers ultimately started going door to door last summer, their effort was too little too late, Galvin has charged. BostonGlobe.com, "‘Good news for Massachusetts’: Population tops 7 million, as state keeps 9 congressional seats after 2020 Census," 26 Apr. 2021 The turn was about a half second late from being a double play. Seth Campbell, Arkansas Online, "Hogs win Game 3; take series from South Carolina," 24 Apr. 2021 Wait until as late in the growing season as possible— but before a hard frost. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Eucalyptus Plants Like a Garden Pro," 23 Apr. 2021 His shooting percentage is awful and seems to be getting worse of late. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Is there a road to redemption for Heat’s Tyler Herro?," 19 Apr. 2021 Vanderbilt has been a starter at times this season, but had fallen out of the rotation of late in part because of the ascension of Jaden McDaniels to the starting lineup. Chris Hine, Star Tribune, "Timberwolves' Jarred Vanderbilt gets another dose of playing time," 18 Apr. 2021 These injuries barely hinder him, if at all, until late in the movie. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Runaway Train’ is a hidden gem in the history of movies filmed in Alaska," 12 Apr. 2021 The union has also relied on a social media campaign to keep attention on the election, while Amazon has grown more aggressive of late in taking on its critics. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Alabama Amazon union vote count begins: Bessemer workers might not know result for days," 30 Mar. 2021 Major League Baseball’s 2020 season was shortened from 162 games to 60 because of the coronavirus pandemic, with fans unable to attend games until late in the postseason. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, "Members of Orioles organization receiving excess coronavirus vaccines in Florida: ‘It’s a big priority for us’," 28 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of late

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for late

Adjective and Adverb

Middle English, late, slow, from Old English læt; akin to Old High German laz slow, Old English lǣtan to let

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The first known use of late was before the 12th century

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28 Apr 2021

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“Late.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/late. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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late

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of late

: at or near the end of a period of time or a process, activity, series, etc.
: after the usual or expected time

late

adjective
\ ˈlāt How to pronounce late (audio) \
later; latest

Kids Definition of late

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : coming or occurring after the usual or proper time a late spring
2 : coming or occurring toward the end He married in his late twenties.
3 : having died or recently left a certain position the late president
4 : recent sense 2 a late discovery

Other Words from late

lateness noun Do you realize the lateness of the hour?

late

adverb
later; latest

Kids Definition of late (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : after the usual or proper time We arrived late.
2 : near the end of something We'll see you late next week.
of late
: lately I have not seen him of late.

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