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1 late /ˈleɪt/ adjective
later; latest
1 late
/ˈleɪt/
adjective
later; latest
Learner's definition of LATE
: existing or happening near the end of a period of time
opposite early; see also later
: coming or happening after the usual, expected, or desired time
opposite early
: doing something after the usual time or after others usually do
opposite early
always used before a noun : living until recently : not now living

born too late

see born

it's getting late

used to say that time is passing and especially that evening or late evening is coming

late bloomer

see bloomer

late in the day

: after the expected or proper time

late night

: a night when you stay awake until a late hour
see also late-night

— lateness

noun [noncount]
2 late /ˈleɪt/ adverb
later; latest
2 late
/ˈleɪt/
adverb
later; latest
Learner's definition of LATE
: at or near the end of a period of time or a process, activity, series, etc.
opposite early
: after the usual or expected time
opposite early

as late as

: as recently as used in referring to a time that you think is surprisingly recent

late of

formal
: having recently lived or worked in (a place, a company, etc.)

of late

formal
: during a recent period
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