Late a. [Compar. Later or latter superl. Latest or Last ]
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; recently 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.
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.
adj 1: 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" [ant: early, middle]
2: 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" [syn: belated, tardy]
3: of the immediate past or just previous to the present time;
"a late development"; "their late quarrel"; "his recent
trip to Africa"; "in recent months"; "a recent issue of
the journal" [syn: late(a), recent]
4: having died recently; "her late husband" [syn: late(a)]
5: of a later stage in the development of a language or
literature; used especially of dead languages; "Late
Greek" [ant: early, middle]
6: 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" [syn: later(a)] [ant: early]
7: (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" [syn:
former(a), late(a), previous(a)]
adv 1: 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"
[syn: belatedly, tardily] [ant: early]
2: to an advanced time; "deep into the night"; "talked late
into the evening" [syn: deep]
3: at an advanced age or stage; "she married late"; "undertook
the project late in her career"
4: 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" [syn: recently,
lately, of late, latterly]