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adjective, adverb (AFTER EXPECTED TIME)    /leɪt/
A1 (happening or arriving) after the planned, expected, usual, or necessary time: This train is always late. You'll be late for your flight if you don't hurry up. Sorry I'm late. I was held up in the traffic. It's too late to start complaining now. We always have a late breakfast on Sunday mornings. Some late news (= news of something that happened after the news programme started) has just come in - a bomb has exploded in central London. Our ferry was two hours late because of the strike. Kathryn's just phoned to say she's working late this evening. → See also latecomerLate latecomerGrammar: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’.See moreGrammar:Late meaning ‘not on time’Late as an adverb means ‘not on time’:See moreGrammar:Lately meaning ‘recently’We use lately for states or for repeated events, mostly with the present perfect:See more 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
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