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late

adjective, adverb
 
 
/leɪt/
AFTER THE USUAL TIME A1 after the usual time or the time that was arranged: I was late for work this morning. We got there too late and all the tickets had been sold. You're late - you were supposed to be here an hour ago! We had a late lunch.Late
NEAR END OF PERIOD A1 near the end of a period of time: It was built in the late nineteenth century. It was late at night. Marsha is in her late twenties.Periods of time - general wordsLate
it's late something that you say when it is near the end of a day: It's late - I really should be going. It's getting late and I'm a bit tired.Late
DEAD [always before noun] not now alive: the late Mrs WalkerDeath and dyingIn the past
of late formal recently: We've scarcely seen him of late.In the past
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