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English definition of “late”

late

adjective, adverb [-er/-est only] (NEAR THE END)   /leɪt/
(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.
(Definition of late adjective, adverb (NEAR THE END) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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