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late

adjective, adverb [-er/-est only]  /leɪt/ us  

late adjective, adverb [-er/-est only] (NEAR THE END)

(happening or being) near the end of a period or in the recent past: I expect him home late this afternoon. I’d better get going – I had no idea it was so late! [+ to infinitive] It’s too late to call now. I think Jody’s in her late twenties. He is a celebrated painter of the late 19th century.

late adjective, adverb [-er/-est only] (AFTER)

(happening or arriving) after the planned, expected, usual, or necessary time: Sorry I’m late – I was caught in traffic. You’ll be later than you already are if you don’t hurry up. This is the latest she’s ever worked. Summer came late this year (= The weather became warm after the usual time). It’s too late to do anything about it now.
lateness
noun [U]  /ˈleɪt·nəs/ us  
My boss doesn’t tolerate lateness.

late

adjective [not gradable]  /leɪt/ us  

late adjective [not gradable] (DEAD)

no longer alive, esp. having recently died: She gave her late husband’s clothes to charity.
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