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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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late

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Synonyms & Antonyms of late (Entry 2 of 2)

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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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

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

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“Late.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/late. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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