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English definition of “late”

late

adjective, adverb (NEAR THE END)    /leɪt/
A1 ( happening or being) near the end of a period of time : It was late at night . We talked late into the night . Is that the time ? I'd no idea it was so late. It was late summer when it happened . It was built in the late 19th century . He's probably in his late twenties . As late (= as recently ) as the 1980s they were still using horses on this farm .Late Grammar:Late or lately?Late is both an adverb and an adjective; it means the opposite of early. Lately is also an adverb; it means ‘recently’.Grammar:Late meaning ‘not on time’Late as an adverb means ‘not on time’:Grammar:Lately meaning ‘recently’We use lately for states or for repeated events, mostly with the present perfect: lateness     /ˈleɪt.nəs/ noun [U] formal the fact of being late: It was no great surprise that you were tired given the lateness of the hour .Late
(Definition of late adjectiveadverb (NEAR THE END) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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