[ US /ˈɫeɪt/ ]
[ UK /lˈe‍ɪt/ ]
ADJECTIVE
  1. of the immediate past or just previous to the present time
    a recent issue of the journal
    in recent months
    a late development
    his recent trip to Africa
    their late quarrel
  2. (used especially of persons) of the immediate past
    the former president
    the previous occupant of the White House
    our late President is still very active
  3. 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
  4. having died recently
    her late husband
  5. of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages
    Late Greek
  6. after the expected or usual time; delayed
    a belated birthday card
    tardy children are sent to the principal
    I'm late for the plane
    the train is late
    always tardy in making dental appointments
  7. being or occurring at an advanced period of time or after a usual or expected time
    took a late flight
    late evening
    late 18th century
    had a late breakfast
    a late movie
ADVERB
  1. later than usual or than expected
    notice came so tardily that we almost missed the deadline
    the train arrived late
    the children came late to school
    we awoke late
    I belatedly wished her a happy birthday
  2. to an advanced time
    deep into the night
    talked late into the evening
  3. at an advanced age or stage
    undertook the project late in her career
    she married late
  4. in the recent past
    lately the rules have been enforced
    as late as yesterday she was fine
    the spelling was first affected, but latterly the meaning also
    feeling better of late
    he was in Paris recently
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How To Use late In A Sentence

  • 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. NYT > Home Page
  • 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. VIII. The Lordly Buffalo
  • 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. The Unshine Boys
  • The resettlement fee shall be calculated according to the number of agricultural population to be resettled.
  • By adding the chlorides of strontian, uranium, potassium, sodium, iron, or copper to the liquid, various effects may be produced, and these bodies will be found to produce the same color on the plate that their flame gives to alcohol. American Hand Book of the Daguerreotype
  • A second problem is damage caused by the buildup of excessive electrical charges in the plate from the unwanted ions.
  • Two years later she was omitted from the European squad that relinquished the trophy in Minnesota.
  • Receiving the round initial in the third quarter, the Rams would put together the 10-play, 61-yard expostulate immoderate 5 mins as great as finishing it off with the 6-yard TD pass from Stefkovich to So, TE, Joe Migliarese (Blue Bell, Pa.) to tighten the measure to twenty-nine twenty-eight TU. Archive 2009-12-01
  • deflate a balloon
  • Contrary to what has been claimed, the theory is not insulated against attempts to disconfirm it.
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