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English definition of “late”

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 Walker Death and dyingIn the past
of late formal recently : We've scarcely seen him of late.In the past
(Definition of late adjectiveadverb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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