early vs late

early

Definitions

adjective

  1. very young
  2. being or occurring at an early stage of development
  3. of an early stage in the development of a language or literature
  4. belonging to the distant past
  5. at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time
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adverb

  1. before the usual time or the time expected
  2. during an early stage
  3. in good time

Examples

He called the foiled butt "Really juicy and nearly perfect.

If there was any hope of holding on to even a shred of her dwindling self-respect, she should do exactly what she knew Margo would do—close the laptop, take her de-scrunchied, perfumed, and nearly thonged self down to the nearest club, pick up the first passably good-looking stranger who asked her to dance, and bring him back to the apartment for some safe but anonymous sex.

Both cultivars were clearly distinguishable on the dendrogram.

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late

Definitions

adjective

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

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

Examples

When the new foods that came from the Americas - peppers, summer squash and especially tomatoes - took hold in the region, a number of closely related dishes were born, including what we call ratatouille - and a man from La Mancha calls pisto, an Ikarian Greek calls soufiko and a Turk calls turlu.

Their dried dung is found everywhere, and is in many places the only fuel afforded by the plains; their skulls, which last longer than any other part of the animal, are among the most familiar of objects to the plainsman; their bones are in many districts so plentiful that it has become a regular industry, followed by hundreds of men (christened "bone hunters" by the frontiersmen), to go out with wagons and collect them in great numbers for the sake of the phosphates they yield; and Bad Lands, plateaus, and prairies alike, are cut up in all directions by the deep ruts which were formerly buffalo trails.

It also seems to carry the well-tempered glow of late Woody Allen with a well-satisfied view of late life and with few illusions.

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