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Definition 1: being or occurring at an advanced period of time or after a usual or expected time - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where late or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • late evening
  • late 18th century
  • a late movie
  • took a late flight
  • had a late breakfast

(late is similar to ...) far along in time

"a man of advanced age" "advanced in years" "a ripe old age" "the ripe age of 90"

(late is similar to ...) after closing time especially a legally established closing time

"after-hours socializing" "an after-hours club"

(late is similar to ...) somewhat late

(late is similar to ...) occurring or coming into existence after a person's death

"a posthumous award" "a posthumous book" "a posthumous daughter"

(... are attributes of late) the time when something happens

Definition 2: of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where late or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Late Greek

(late is similar to ...) used of a living language; being the current stage in its development

"Modern English" "New Hebrew is Israeli Hebrew"

(late is similar to ...) in use after medieval times

"New Eqyptian was the language of the 18th to 21st dynasties"

(late belongs to category ...) the scientific study of language

Definition 3: at or toward an end or late period or stage of development - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where late or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the late phase of feudalism
  • a later symptom of the disease
  • later medical science could have saved the child

Synonyms for late in the sense of this definition

(late is similar to ...) comparatively late in a course of development

"the illness had reached an advanced stage" "an advanced state of exhaustion"

(late is similar to ...) late-occurring (especially with reference to symptoms of a disease)

"tardive dyskinesia"

Definition 4: later than usual or than expected - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where late or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for late in the sense of this definition

Definition 5: to an advanced time - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where late or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • deep into the night
  • talked late into the evening

Synonyms for late in the sense of this definition

Definition 6: at an advanced age or stage - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where late or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she married late
  • undertook the project late in her career

Definition 7: in the recent past - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where late or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for late in the sense of this definition

Definition 8: having died recently - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where late or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • her late husband

(late is similar to ...) no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life

"the nerve is dead" "a dead pallor" "he was marked as a dead man by the assassin"

Definition 9: of the immediate past or just previous to the present time - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where late or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a late development
  • their late quarrel
  • his recent trip to Africa
  • in recent months
  • a recent issue of the journal

Synonyms for late in the sense of this definition

(late is similar to ...) earlier than the present time; no longer current

"time past" "his youth is past" "this past Thursday" "the past year"

Definition 10: after the expected or usual time; delayed - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where late or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for late in the sense of this definition

(late is similar to ...) not punctual; after the appointed time

Definition 11: (used especially of persons) of the immediate past - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where late or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the former president
  • our late President is still very active
  • the previous occupant of the White House

Synonyms for late in the sense of this definition

(late is similar to ...) earlier than the present time; no longer current

"time past" "his youth is past" "this past Thursday" "the past year"

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