late

Late means after the expected time, or at the end of a certain period of time. if you're late for a movie, you get to the theater after the film's already started. If you're a late sleeper, you make a habit of dozing long after your alarm goes off.

When you're late, you're not on time. You might also be in your late twenties, which means you're at the end of that decade of your life — closer to 30 than to 20. If your friend calls and says, "Sorry I'm calling so late," she means late at night, at the very end of the day. And if you refer to someone as "the late Mr. Smith," it's a formal way of saying Mr. Smith is dead.

Primary Meanings of late

1.
adjadv
at or toward an end or late period or stage of development
at an advanced age or stage
2.
adjadv
of the immediate past or just previous to the present time
in the recent past
3.
adjadv
after the expected or usual time; delayed
later than usual or than expected
Full Definitions of late
1

adj at or toward an end or late period or stage of development

“the late phase of feudalism”
Synonyms:
later
advanced
comparatively late in a course of development
tardive
late-occurring (especially with reference to symptoms of a disease)
Antonyms:
early
being or occurring at an early stage of development
archaic, primitive
little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type
new, young
(of crops) harvested at an early stage of development; before complete maturity
crude, primitive, rude
belonging to an early stage of technical development; characterized by simplicity and (often) crudeness
embryonic, embryotic
in an early stage of development
inchoate, incipient
only partly in existence; imperfectly formed
precocious
appearing or developing early
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adj of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages

Late Greek”
Synonyms:
Modern, New
used of a living language; being the current stage in its development
New
in use after medieval times
Antonyms:
early
of an early stage in the development of a language or literature
middle
of a stage in the development of a language or literature between earlier and later stages
Old
of a very early stage in development
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adv at an advanced age or stage

“she married late
“undertook the project late in her career”

adv to an advanced time

“talked late into the evening”
Synonyms:
deep
2

adj of the immediate past or just previous to the present time

“a late development”
“their late quarrel”
Synonyms:
recent
past
earlier than the present time; no longer current

adj (used especially of persons) of the immediate past

“our late President is still very active”
Synonyms:
former, previous
past
earlier than the present time; no longer current

adj having died recently

“her late husband”
Synonyms:
dead
no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life

adv in the recent past

“as late as yesterday she was fine”
“feeling better of late
Synonyms:
lately, latterly, of late, recently
3

adj after the expected or usual time; delayed

“I'm late for the plane”
“the train is late
Synonyms:
belated, tardy
unpunctual
not punctual; after the appointed time

adj 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”
Synonyms:
advanced, ripe
far along in time
after-hours
after closing time especially a legally established closing time
latish
somewhat late
posthumous
occurring or coming into existence after a person's death
Antonyms:
early
at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time
middle
between an earlier and a later period of time
aboriginal, primaeval, primal, primeval, primordial
having existed from the beginning; in an earliest or original stage or state
advance, beforehand
being ahead of time or need
archaean, archean
of or relating to the earliest known rocks formed during the Precambrian Eon
archaeozoic, archeozoic
of or belonging to earlier of two divisions of the Precambrian era
azoic
before the appearance of life
earlier, earliest
(comparative and superlative of `early') more early than; most early
earlyish
being somewhat early
premature, untimely
uncommonly early or before the expected time
premature, previous
too soon or too hasty
proterozoic
formed in the later of two divisions of the Precambrian era
proto
indicating the first or earliest or original
wee
very early
intervening
occurring or falling between events or points in time
mid
used in combination to denote the middle
first
preceding all others in time or space or degree
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adv later than usual or than expected

“the train arrived late
“we awoke late
“the children came late to school”
Synonyms:
belatedly, tardily
Antonyms:
ahead of time, early, too soon
before the usual time or the time expected

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