late1 W1S1 [leıt] adj comparative later superlative latest
1¦(after expected time)¦
2¦(near the end)¦
3 be too late
4¦(after usual time)¦
7 late developer/bloomer
8 it's (a little/bit) late in the day (to do something)
9 late of something
[: Old English; Origin: lAt]
arriving, happening, or done after the time that was expected, agreed, or arranged
≠ ↑early
Sorry I'm late - I overslept.
ten minutes/two hours etc late
You're half an hour late.
The train was even later than usual.
We apologize for the late departure of flight AZ709.
There are penalties if loan repayments are late.
late for
Cheryl was late for school.
late with
We've never been late with the rent.
2.) ¦(NEAR THE END)¦ [only before noun]
used to refer to the part near the end of a period of time
≠ ↑early
a late eighteenth century building
Paul's in his late forties.
in the late 1980s
By late afternoon, she had done 10 drawings.
3.) be too late
to arrive or do something after the time when something could or should have been done
He shouted a warning but it was too late .
too late to do sth
Are we too late to get tickets?
It was too late to turn back.
happening or done after the usual or normal time
a late breakfast
The harvest was late this year because of the rain.
She looked tired - too many late nights (=nights when she went to bed after the normal time) .
5.) ¦(EVENING)¦
near the end of a day
the late movie
It's late - I'd better go home.
6.) ¦(DEAD)¦ [only before noun]
late husband/wife
Mrs. Moore's late husband
7.) late developer/bloomer
a) a child who develops socially, emotionally, or physically at later age than other children
b) someone who does not become successful until they are older
8.) it's (a little/bit) late in the day (to do sth)
used to show disapproval because someone has done something too late
It's a bit late in the day to start having objections.
9.) late of sth
formal used about someone who has died fairly recently
Billy Hicks, late of this parish
>lateness n [U]
penalties for lateness at work
despite the lateness of the hour
late 2
late2 W3S2 adv comparative later superlative no superlative
1.) after the usual time
The stores are open later on Thursdays.
Ellen has to work late tonight.
Can you stay late?
2.) after the arranged or expected time
≠ ↑early
ten minutes/two hours etc late
The bus came ten minutes late.
3.) too late
after the time when something could or should have been done
The advice came too late.
4.) near to the end of a period of time or an event
late in
The wedding took place late in May.
It was not a place to walk in late at night .
5.) as late as sth
used to express surprise that something considered old-fashioned was still happening so recently
Capital punishment was still used in Britain as late as the 1950s.
6.) of late
formal recently
Birth rates have gone down of late.
7.) late in life
if you do something late in life, you do it at an older age than most people do it
8.) better late than never
used to say that you are glad someone has done something, or to say that they should do something even though they are late
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