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4 definitions found
 for late
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Late \Late\, adv. [AS. late. See Late, a.]
     1. After the usual or proper time, or the time appointed;
        after delay; as, he arrived late; -- opposed to early.
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     2. Not long ago; lately.
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     3. Far in the night, day, week, or other particular period;
        as, to lie abed late; to sit up late at night.
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     Of late, in time not long past, or near the present;
        lately; as, the practice is of late uncommon.
  
     Too late, after the proper or available time; when the time
        or opportunity is past.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Late \Late\ (l[=a]t), a. [Compar. Later (l[=a]t"[~e]r), or
     latter (l[a^]t"t[~e]r); superl. Latest (l[=a]t"[e^]st) or
     Last (l[.a]st).] [OE. lat slow, slack, AS. l[ae]t; akin to
     OS. lat, D. laat late, G. lass weary, lazy, slack, Icel.
     latr, Sw. lat, Dan. lad, Goth. lats, and to E. let, v. See
     Let to permit, and cf. Alas, Lassitude.]
     1. Coming after the time when due, or after the usual or
        proper time; not early; slow; tardy; long delayed; as, a
        late spring.
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     2. Far advanced toward the end or close; as, a late hour of
        the day; a late period of life.
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     3. Existing or holding some position not long ago, but not
        now; recently deceased, departed, or gone out of office;
        as, the late bishop of London; the late administration.
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     4. Not long past; happening not long ago; recent; as, the
        late rains; we have received late intelligence.
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     5. Continuing or doing until an advanced hour of the night;
        as, late revels; a late watcher.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  late
      adv 1: later than usual or than expected; "the train arrived
             late"; "we awoke late"; "the children came late to
             school"; "notice came so tardily that we almost missed
             the deadline"; "I belatedly wished her a happy birthday"
             [syn: late, belatedly, tardily] [ant: ahead of
             time, early, too soon]
      2: to an advanced time; "deep into the night"; "talked late into
         the evening" [syn: deep, late]
      3: at an advanced age or stage; "she married late"; "undertook
         the project late in her career"
      4: in the recent past; "he was in Paris recently"; "lately the
         rules have been enforced"; "as late as yesterday she was
         fine"; "feeling better of late"; "the spelling was first
         affected, but latterly the meaning also" [syn: recently,
         late, lately, of late, latterly]
      adj 1: 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" [ant: early, middle]
      2: after the expected or usual time; delayed; "a belated
         birthday card"; "I'm late for the plane"; "the train is
         late"; "tardy children are sent to the principal"; "always
         tardy in making dental appointments" [syn: belated, late,
         tardy]
      3: of the immediate past or just previous to the present time;
         "a late development"; "their late quarrel"; "his recent trip
         to Africa"; "in recent months"; "a recent issue of the
         journal" [syn: late(a), recent]
      4: having died recently; "her late husband"
      5: of a later stage in the development of a language or
         literature; used especially of dead languages; "Late Greek"
         [ant: early, middle]
      6: at or toward an end or late period or stage of development;
         "the late phase of feudalism"; "a later symptom of the
         disease"; "later medical science could have saved the child"
         [syn: late, later(a)] [ant: early]
      7: (used especially of persons) of the immediate past; "the
         former president"; "our late President is still very active";
         "the previous occupant of the White House" [syn: former(a),
         late(a), previous(a)]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  177 Moby Thesaurus words for "late":
     after time, ahead of time, anachronistic, ancient, antedated,
     arrested, asleep, asleep in Jesus, at rest, back, backward,
     beforehand, behind, behind time, behindhand, belated, belatedly,
     bereft of life, blocked, breathless, bygone, called home, carrion,
     checked, cold, croaked, current, dated, dead, dead and gone,
     death-struck, deceased, deep into, defunct, delayed,
     delayed-action, demised, departed, departed this life,
     destitute of life, detained, dilatory, done for, early, erstwhile,
     exanimate, extinct, fallen, far on, finished, food for worms, fore,
     foredated, former, formerly, fresh, gone, gone to glory, gone west,
     held up, heretofore, hung up, ill-considered, ill-seasoned,
     ill-timed, immemorial, impeded, improper, in a bind, in abeyance,
     inanimate, inappropriate, inauspicious, inconvenient, inexpedient,
     infelicitous, inopportune, intempestive, intrusive, irrelevant,
     jammed, last, late lamented, lately, later, latish, latter,
     latterly, launched into eternity, lifeless, mal a propos,
     malapropos, martyred, metachronistic, misdated, mistimed, moratory,
     never on time, new, newly come, no more, none too soon, obstructed,
     of late, of yesterday, off base, old, olden, once, onetime,
     out of date, out of line, out of phase, out of season, out of time,
     overdue, parachronistic, passed on, past, past due, postdated,
     preceding, prehistoric, premature, previous, previously, primeval,
     primitive, prior, prochronistic, pushing up daisies, quondam,
     recent, recently, released, reposing, resting easy, retarded,
     sainted, set back, sleeping, slow, slowed down, smitten with death,
     sometime, still, stillborn, stopped, taken away, taken off,
     tardily, tardy, then, too late, too soon, unbefitting, unfavorable,
     unfit, unfitting, unfortunate, unhandy, unhappy, unlucky,
     unpropitious, unpunctual, unready, unripe, unseasonable,
     unsuitable, untimely, untoward, whilom, with the Lord,
     with the saints, without life, without vital functions, wrong
  
  

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