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.
La·ter n.; pl. Lateres A brick or tile.
Lat·er a. Compar. of Late, a. & adv.
adj 1: coming at a subsequent time or stage; "the future president
entered college at the age of 16"; "awaiting future
actions on the bill"; "later developments"; "without
ulterior argument" [syn: future(a), later(a), ulterior]
2: 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: late, later(a)] [ant: early]
adv 1: happening at a time subsequent to a reference time; "he
apologized subsequently"; "he's going to the store but
he'll be back here later"; "it didn't happen until
afterward"; "two hours after that" [syn: subsequently,
afterwards, afterward, after, later on]
2: at some eventual time in the future; "By and by he'll
understand"; "I'll see you later" [syn: by and by]
3: comparative of the adverb `late'; "he stayed later than you