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 Dictionary entry overview: What does late mean? 

LATE (adjective)
  The adjective LATE has 7 senses:

1. being or occurring at an advanced period of time or after a usual or expected time
2. after the expected or usual time; delayed
3. of the immediate past or just previous to the present time
4. having died recently
5. of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages
6. at or toward an end or late period or stage of development
7. (used especially of persons) of the immediate past

  Familiarity information: LATE used as an adjective is common.


LATE (adverb)
  The adverb LATE has 4 senses:

1. later than usual or than expected
2. to an advanced time
3. at an advanced age or stage
4. in the recent past

  Familiarity information: LATE used as an adverb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


LATE (adjective)


Sense 1late [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being or occurring at an advanced period of time or after a usual or expected time

Context examples:

late evening / late 18th century / a late movie / took a late flight / had a late breakfast

Similar:

advanced; ripe (far along in time)

after-hours (after closing time especially a legally established closing time)

latish (somewhat late)

posthumous (occurring or coming into existence after a person's death)

Attribute:

timing (the time when something happens)

Antonym:

early (at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time)

middle (between an earlier and a later period of time)


Sense 2late [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

After the expected or usual time; delayed

Synonyms:

tardy; belated; late

Context examples:

a belated birthday card / I'm late for the plane / the train is late / tardy children are sent to the principal / always tardy in making dental appointments

Similar:

unpunctual (not punctual; after the appointed time)


Sense 3late [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of the immediate past or just previous to the present time

Synonyms:

recent; late

Context examples:

a late development / their late quarrel / his recent trip to Africa / in recent months / a recent issue of the journal

Similar:

past (earlier than the present time; no longer current)


Sense 4late [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having died recently

Context example:

her late husband

Similar:

dead (no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life)


Sense 5late [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages

Context example:

Late Greek

Similar:

Modern; New (used of a living language; being the current stage in its development)

New (in use after medieval times)

Domain category:

linguistics (the scientific study of language)

Antonym:

early (of an early stage in the development of a language or literature)

middle (of a stage in the development of a language or literature between earlier and later stages)


Sense 6late [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

At or toward an end or late period or stage of development

Synonyms:

later; late

Context examples:

the late phase of feudalism / a later symptom of the disease / later medical science could have saved the child

Similar:

tardive (late-occurring (especially with reference to symptoms of a disease))

advanced (comparatively late in a course of development)

Antonym:

early (being or occurring at an early stage of development)


Sense 7late [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(used especially of persons) of the immediate past

Synonyms:

previous; former; late

Context examples:

the former president / our late President is still very active / the previous occupant of the White House

Similar:

past (earlier than the present time; no longer current)


LATE (adverb)


Sense 1late [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Later than usual or than expected

Synonyms:

belatedly; late; tardily

Context examples:

the train arrived late / we awoke late / the children came late to school / notice came so tardily that we almost missed the deadline / I belatedly wished her a happy birthday

Antonym:

early (before the usual time or the time expected)


Sense 2late [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To an advanced time

Synonyms:

deep; late

Context examples:

deep into the night / talked late into the evening


Sense 3late [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

At an advanced age or stage

Context examples:

she married late / undertook the project late in her career


Sense 4late [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In the recent past

Synonyms:

recently; of late; latterly; lately; late

Context examples:

he was in Paris recently / lately the rules have been enforced / as late as yesterday she was fine / feeling better of late / the spelling was first affected, but latterly the meaning also


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