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late

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1 not arriving, occurring, or settled at the due, usual, or proper time

  • I ran as fast as I could, but was still late for class
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2 having been such at some previous time

  • the late musical director said he would never have allowed such behavior while he was in charge
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3 no longer living

  • our late granduncle remembered us in his will
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bitten the dust

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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

late

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1 after the due, usual, or proper time

  • she has a habit of arriving late for everything
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2 not long ago

  • the actress, late of New York but now of Los Angeles, is being eagerly sought for film roles
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of late

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