from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having been delayed; done or sent too late: a belated birthday card.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Later in relation to the proper time something should have happened.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of belate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Delayed beyond the usual time; too late; overtaken by night; benighted.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Coming or staying too late; overtaken by lateness, especially at night; benighted; delayed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. after the expected or usual time; delayed


be- + lated.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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