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Definition of Late


  1. Coming after the time when due, or after the usual or proper time; not early; slow; tardy; long delayed; as, a late spring.
  2. Far advanced toward the end or close; as, a late hour of the day; a late period of life.
  3. Existing or holding some position not long ago, but not now; lately deceased, departed, or gone out of office; as, the late bishop of London; the late administration.
  4. Not long past; happening not long ago; recent; as, the late rains; we have received late intelligence.
  5. Continuing or doing until an advanced hour of the night; as, late revels; a late watcher.
  6. After the usual or proper time, or the time appointed; after delay; as, he arrived late; -- opposed to early.
  7. Not long ago; lately.
  8. Far in the night, day, week, or other particular period; as, to lie abed late; to sit up late at night.

Late Quotations

How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?
Dr. Seuss

If you're going to do something tonight that you'll be sorry for tomorrow morning, sleep late.
Henny Youngman

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.
William Shakespeare

It is never too late to be what you might have been.
George Eliot

Life's Tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late.
Benjamin Franklin
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Late Translations

late in Afrikaans is laat
late in Danish is sen, sent
late in Dutch is laat, vergevorderd
late in Latin is sero, tardus
late in Portuguese is tarde
late in Spanish is tarde
late in Swedish is sen

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