Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having been delayed; done or sent too late.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective after the expected or usual time; delayed

Etymologies

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

[be– + lated.]

Examples

  • There is doubt, though, about a medal Cotta received nearly three years ago in belated recognition of his heroism, the Distinguished

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  • Slept and read, bought groceries, hot tub, finally scraping together enough energy to cook some Indian food in belated recognition of my wife's birthday.

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  • Slept and read, bought groceries, hot tub, finally scraping together enough energy to cook some Indian food in belated recognition of my wife's birthday.

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  • Byron later snags one of the Mormons, who is wallowing in belated guilt for his romp in the land of alternative lifestyles, and stuff him with an LSD-laced hot dog.

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  • Replacing his note-book in his pocket, he called a belated carriage, and hastily gave orders to be taken to the Clifton House.

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  • Dressed in a golf shirt, his face the picture of bureaucratic indemnity,Mr. Wang faced an unusually combative news conference during which reporters asked why government workers had hastily buried a damaged rail car rather then preserve it for investigators (it made rescue work easier, he said and why an unconscious 2-year-old girl was found in the wreckage long after officials had abandoned the search for survivors (he called the belated discovery "a miracle."

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  • McCoy had fully embraced the idea of belated fatherhood his declarations to the contrary notwithstanding.

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  • Communist effort of 1871 may be termed a belated attempt on the part of

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  • And considering that she won the Yehudi Menuhin Competition at age 11, her debut on the Schubert Club's International Artist Series could almost be called "belated."

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