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late

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of late

  1. 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 Synonyms of late behind, behindhand, belated, delinquent, latish, overdue, tardy Words Related to late delayed, detained, postponed; dallying, dawdling, dilatory, dillydallying, dragging, laggard, lagging, poky (or pokey), slow, sluggish, unhurried Near Antonyms of late opportune, seasonable, timely; prompt, punctual Antonyms of late early, inopportune, precocious, premature, unseasonable, untimely

  2. 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 Synonyms of late erstwhile, former, old, once, onetime, other, past, quondam, sometime, whilomWords Related to late bygone, dead, defunct, departed, expired, extinct, gone, long-ago, vanishedNear Antonyms of late contemporary, current, extant, ongoing, present, present-day; coming, future, prospective, unborn

  3. 3 no longer living our late granduncle remembered us in his will Synonyms of late asleep, breathless, cold, deceased, defunct, demised, departed, fallen, gone, dead, lifeless, lowWords Related to late extinct; dying, fading, moribund; stillborn; finished, lapsed, terminated; inanimate, insensate, nonlivingNear Antonyms of late animated; dynamic, lively, thriving, vibrant, vital, vivacious; active, functioning, operative, runningAntonyms of late alive, animate, breathing, going, live, living, quick

  4. 4 being far along in development late impressionism gave rise to pointillism Synonyms of late developed, evolved, forward, high, higher, improved, advanced, progressive, refinedWords Related to late precocious; full-blown, full-fledged, full-scale; aged, grown, mature, matured, perfected, ripe, ripened; civilized, educated, enhanced, enlightened; contemporary, current, cutting-edge, latest, leading-edge, mod, modern, new, newest, newfangled, new-fashioned, novel, now, present-day, recent, space-age, supermodern, ultramodern, up-to-dateNear Antonyms of late green, immature, underdeveloped, undersized (also undersize), underweight, unripe, unripened; savage, uncivilized, uneducated; early, embryonic, germinal, primeval, primordial; antediluvian, antiquated, antique, dated, fusty, hoary, musty, Neanderthal (or Neandertal), obsolete, old, oldfangled, old-fashioned, old-time, out-of-date, outworn, passé, pastAntonyms of late backward, low, lower, nonprogressive, primitive, retarded, rude, rudimentary, undeveloped


late

adverb

Synonyms and Antonyms of late

  1. 1 after the due, usual, or proper time she has a habit of arriving late for everything Synonyms of late belatedly, delinquently, tardily Words Related to late afterward (or afterwards), anon, eventually, later, latterly, subsequently, thereafter; dilatorily, laggardly, pokily, slow, slowly, sluggishly Near Antonyms of late immediately, promptly, punctually; pronto, quickly, rapidly, snappily, speedily, swiftly Antonyms of late beforehand, early, inopportunely, precociously, prematurely, unseasonably

  2. 2 not long ago the actress, late of New York but now of Los Angeles, is being eagerly sought for film roles Synonyms of late freshly, just, newly, lately, new, now, only, recentlyWords Related to late latterlyNear Antonyms of late ago, before, earlier, early, erstwhile, formerly, previously; heretofore, hithertoAntonyms of late anciently



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