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late adj (later, latest) 1 coming, arriving, etc after the expected or usual time. 2 a far on in the day or night late afternoon; b well into the evening or night; c in compounds occurring towards the end of a specified historical period, etc late-Georgian architecture; d written, painted, etc towards the end of someone's life or towards the end of their active career a late Picasso. 3 happening, growing, etc at a relatively advanced time Let's go to the late showing. 4 dead his late father. 5 former the late prime minister. 6 recent quite a late model of car. adverb 1 after the expected or usual time He arrived late for the meeting. 2 far on in the day or night He arrived late on Thursday. 3 at an advanced time flower late in the season. 4 recently The letter was sent as late as this morning. 5 formerly, but no longer late of Glasgow. lateness noun. better late than never said of an event, arrival, occurrence, etc: preferable that it should happen at some late point in time than not at all. late in the day at a late stage, especially when it is too late to be of any use. late in life happening later in someone's life than is usual or expected married late in life. of late lately; recently There has been some unpleasantness of late, but it has now been resolved.
ETYMOLOGY: Anglo-Saxon læt.
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