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[adv] later than usual or than expected; "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"
[adv] in the recent past; "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"
[adv] to an advanced time; "deep into the night"; "talked late into the evening"
[adv] at an advanced age or stage; "she married late"; "undertook the project late in her career"
[adj] being or occurring at an advanced period of time or after a usual or expected time; "late evening"; "late 18th century"; "a late movie"; "took a late flight"; "had a late breakfast"
[adj] at or toward an end or late period or stage of development; "the late phase of feudalism"; "a later symptom of the disease"; "later medical science could have saved the child"
[adj] (linguistics) of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages; "Late Greek"
[adj] after the expected or usual time; delayed; "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"

Misc. Definitions

\Late\, a. [Compar. {Later}, or {latter}; superl. {Latest}.] [OE. lat slow, slack, AS. l[ae]t; akin to OS. lat, D. laat late, G. lass weary, lazy, slack, Icel. latr, Sw. lat, Dan. lad, Goth. lats, and to E. let, v. See {Let} to permit, and cf. {Alas}, {Lassitude}.]
1. Coming after the time when due, or after the usual or proper time; not early; slow; tardy; long delayed; as, a late spring.
2. Far advanced toward the end or close; as, a late hour of the day; a late period of life.
3. Existing or holding some position not long ago, but not now; lately deceased, departed, or gone out of office; as, the late bishop of London; the late administration.
4. Not long past; happening not long ago; recent; as, the late rains; we have received late intelligence.
5. Continuing or doing until an advanced hour of the night; as, late revels; a late watcher.
\Late\, adv. [AS. late. See {Late}, a.]
1. After the usual or proper time, or the time appointed; after delay; as, he arrived late; -- opposed to {early}.
2. Not long ago; lately.
3. Far in the night, day, week, or other particular period; as, to lie abed late; to sit up late at night. {Of late}, in time not long past, or near the present; lately; as, the practice is of late uncommon. {Too late}, after the proper or available time; when the time or opportunity is past.

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