Definitions

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

  • adj. Coming, occurring, or remaining after the correct, usual, or expected time; delayed: The bus is late. See Synonyms at tardy.
  • adj. Beginning after or continuing past the usual or expected hour: a late breakfast; a late meeting.
  • adj. Occurring at an advanced hour, especially well into the evening or night: a late movie on television; the late flight to Denver.
  • adj. Of or toward the end or more advanced part, as of a period or stage: the late 19th century; a later symptom of the disease.
  • adj. Having begun or occurred just previous to the present time; recent: a late development.
  • adj. Contemporary; up-to-date: the latest fashion.
  • adj. Having recently occupied a position or place: the company's late president gave the address.
  • adj. Dead, especially if only recently deceased: in memory of the late explorer.
  • adv. After the expected, usual, or proper time: a train that arrived late; woke late and had to skip breakfast.
  • adv. At or until an advanced hour: talked late into the evening.
  • adv. At or into an advanced period or stage: a project undertaken late in her career.
  • adv. Recently: As late as last week he was still in town.
  • idiom of late Recently; lately: was feeling better of late.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Manner; behaviour; outward appearance or aspect.
  • n. A sound; voice.
  • adj. Near the end of a period of time.
  • adj. Specifically, near the end of the day.
  • adj. Associated with the end of a period.
  • adj. Not arriving until after an expected time.
  • adj. Not having had an expected menstrual period.
  • adj. Deceased, dead: used particularly when speaking of the dead person's actions while alive. (Often used with the; see usage notes.)
  • adj. Recent — relative to the noun it modifies.
  • n. A shift (scheduled work period) that takes place late in the day or at night.
  • adv. After a deadline has passed, past a designated time.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Coming after the time when due, or after the usual or proper time; not early; slow; tardy; long delayed.
  • adj. Far advanced toward the end or close
  • adj. Existing or holding some position not long ago, but not now; recently deceased, departed, or gone out of office
  • adj. Not long past; happening not long ago; recent
  • adj. Continuing or doing until an advanced hour of the night
  • adv. After the usual or proper time, or the time appointed; after delay; ; -- opposed to early.
  • adv. Not long ago; lately.
  • adv. Far in the night, day, week, or other particular period

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Coming, appearing, or continuing after the usual or proper time; slow or tardy; long delayed; prolonged; behind time: opposed to early: as, a late arrival; a late summer; a late embryo.
  • Being or coming near the end or close; far advanced in time; last: as, a late hour of the day; a late period of life; set the latest time you can.
  • Recent; of recent origin or existence; not of old date: as, the latest fashion; late news.
  • Comparatively recent (with reference to something older); of a comparatively recent date or period: as, late (medieval) glass; late (Greek) sculpture or epigraphy.
  • Recently existing, but not now; not long past: as, the late rains.
  • Recently acting; in a series, immediately preceding that which now exists: as, the late administration.
  • Deceased.
  • Synonyms Recent, Fresh, etc. See new.
  • After the usual time or the time appointed; after delay: as, fruits that ripen late.
  • Not long since; recently; of late.
  • Beyond the usual or proper time: as, to lie abed late.
  • See lait.
  • A Middle English form of let.
  • n. Manner; behavior.
  • n. A sound; voice.
  • Slow or backward in bearing crops, because heavy, clayey, cold, sour, or unfavorably situated as regards the sun, or the like: as, late land.

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

  • adj. being or occurring at an advanced period of time or after a usual or expected time
  • adv. at an advanced age or stage
  • adj. (used especially of persons) of the immediate past
  • adj. of the immediate past or just previous to the present time
  • adv. later than usual or than expected
  • adj. after the expected or usual time; delayed
  • adv. to an advanced time
  • adv. in the recent past
  • adj. of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages
  • adj. having died recently
  • adj. at or toward an end or late period or stage of development

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English læt; see lē- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English late, lat, from Old English læt ("slow; slack, lax, negligent; late"), from Proto-Germanic *lataz (“slow, lazy”), from Proto-Indo-European *lē(y)d- (“to weaken, tire, relax, subside”). Cognate with Scots lat ("late"), West Frisian let ("late"), Dutch laat ("late"), German lass ("dull, limp"), Swedish lat ("idle, lazy"), Icelandic latur ("lazy"), Latin lassus ("weary, faint"). (Wiktionary)

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    December 9, 2009

  • I can't believe I forgot I had class this morning. I'm on the train right now (9.30), and my class started at 9.

    December 9, 2009

  • "'They go wrong, these parachute jumps,' said the apprentice, as if he had picked up the direction of her thoughts. 'There was a man in the Botswana Defence Force whose parachute didn't open. That man is late now.'"
    - 'The Full Cupboard of Life', Alexander McCall Smith.

    March 18, 2008