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Meaning of 'late' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Late [ a.]
- After the usual or proper time, or the time appointed; after delay; as, he arrived late; -- opposed to early.
- Not long ago; lately.
- Far in the night, day, week, or other particular period; as, to lie abed late; to sit up late at night.
2 . Late [ v.]
- Coming after the time when due, or after the usual or proper time; not early; slow; tardy; long delayed; as, a late spring.
- Far advanced toward the end or close; as, a late hour of the day; a late period of life.
- Existing or holding some position not long ago, but not now; lately deceased, departed, or gone out of office; as, the late bishop of London; the late administration.
- Not long past; happening not long ago; recent; as, the late rains; we have received late intelligence.
- Continuing or doing until an advanced hour of the night; as, late revels; a late watcher.

Meaning of 'late' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . late [ a]
Meaning (1):
- being or occurring at an advanced period of time or after a usual or expected time
Example in sentence:
  • a late movie;
  • had a late breakfast;
  • late 18th century;
  • late evening;
  • took a late flight
Meaning (2):
- at or toward an end or late period or stage of development
Example in sentence:
  • a later symptom of the disease;
  • later medical science could have saved the child;
  • the late phase of feudalism
Meaning (3):
- of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages
Example in sentence:
  • Late Greek
4 . late [ r]
Meaning (4):
- in the recent past
Example in sentence:
  • as late as yesterday she was fine;
  • feeling better of late;
  • he was in Paris recently;
  • lately the rules have been enforced;
  • the spelling was first affected, but latterly the meaning also
Meaning (5):
- to an advanced time
Example in sentence:
  • deep into the night;
  • talked late into the evening
Meaning (6):
- later than usual or than expected
Example in sentence:
  • I belatedly wished her a happy birthday;
  • notice came so tardily that we almost missed the deadline;
  • the children came late to school;
  • the train arrived late;
  • we awoke late
Meaning (7):
- at an advanced age or stage
Example in sentence:
  • she married late;
  • undertook the project late in her career
8 . late [ s]
Meaning (8):
- after the expected or usual time; delayed
Example in sentence:
  • a belated birthday card;
  • always tardy in making dental appointments;
  • I'm late for the plane;
  • tardy children are sent to the principal;
  • the train is late
Meaning (9):
- of the immediate past or just previous to the present time
Example in sentence:
  • a late development;
  • a recent issue of the journal;
  • his recent trip to Africa;
  • in recent months;
  • their late quarrel
Meaning (10):
- having died recently
Example in sentence:
  • her late husband
Meaning (11):
- (used especially of persons) of the immediate past
Example in sentence:
  • our late President is still very active;
  • the former president;
  • the previous occupant of the White House