(adjective) having died recently; “her late husband”


(adjective) 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”

late, later

(adjective) 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”


(adjective) of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages; “Late Greek”

late, former(a), previous

(adjective) (used especially of persons) of the immediate past; “the former president”; “our late President is still very active”; “the previous occupant of the White House”

belated, late, tardy

(adjective) 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”

late, belatedly, tardily

(adverb) 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”

recently, late, lately, of late, latterly

(adverb) 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”

deep, late

(adverb) to an advanced time; “deep into the night”; “talked late into the evening”


(adverb) at an advanced age or stage; “she married late”; “undertook the project late in her career”

Source: WordNet® 3.1


LATE (uncountable)

(pathology) Acronym of limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy, a form of dementia.


• EATL, ETLA, Elta, TEAL, TEAl, Teal, et al, et al., leat, tael, tale, teal, tela



late (comparative later, superlative latest)

Near the end of a period of time.

Specifically, near the end of the day.

(usually, not comparable) Associated with the end of a period.

Not arriving until after an expected time.

Not having had an expected menstrual period.

(not comparable, euphemistic) Deceased, dead: used particularly when speaking of the dead person's actions while alive. (Often used with "the"; see usage notes.)

Existing or holding some position not long ago, but not now; departed, or gone out of office.

Recent — relative to the noun it modifies.

(astronomy) Of a star or class of stars, cooler than the sun.

Usage notes

• (deceased): Late in this sense is unusual among English adjectives in that it qualifies named individuals (in phrases like the late Mary) without creating a contrast with another Mary who is not late. Contrast hungry: a phrase like the hungry Mary is usually only used if another Mary is under discussion who is not hungry.


late (plural lates)

(informal) A shift (scheduled work period) that takes place late in the day or at night.


• early


late (comparative later, superlative latest)

After a deadline has passed, past a designated time.

Formerly, especially in the context of service in a military unit.

Not long ago; just now.


• (past a designated time): belatedly; see also belatedly

• (formerly): erenow; see also formerly

• (not long ago): freshly; see also recently


• EATL, ETLA, Elta, TEAL, TEAl, Teal, et al, et al., leat, tael, tale, teal, tela

Source: Wiktionary

Late, a. [Compar. Later, or latter (; superl. Latest.] Etym: [OE. lat slow, slack, As.læt; 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. Etym: [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.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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