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English definition of “late”


adjective, adverb (SPORTS)    /leɪt/
in football , if a tackle is late, it is made after the ball has been moved by another player and the player , not the ball , is kicked : He was booked for a late challenge in the first minute . 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 (SPORTS) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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