Late - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |leɪt|  American pronunciation of the word late
Brit.  |leɪt|  British pronunciation of the word late


- after the expected or usual time; delayed(syn: belated, tardy)
- of the immediate past or just previous to the present time(syn: recent)
- having died recently
- (used especially of persons) of the immediate past(syn: former, previous)


- later than usual or than expected(syn: belatedly, tardily)
- to an advanced time(syn: deep)
- at an advanced age or stage
- in the recent past(syn: lately, latterly, recently)


It happened in late spring.

A word first recorded in the late 17th century

We had a late spring this year.

Hurry up or we'll be late for school.

Their warning was too late to help him.

I've always been a late riser.

He made a donation to the school in memory of his late wife.

Late in the year he became ill.

It rained late in the day.

Late in his career he moved to the city.

A word first recorded late in the 17th century

They were trailing by a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

The package should be arriving late next week.

He sent in his job application late.

They arrived too late for breakfast.

Word forms

comparative: later
superlative: latest
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