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Definition of Late

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

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

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

My father used to say that it's never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, 'You never know what you can accomplish until you try.'
Michael Jordan

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most gods throw dice, but Fate plays chess, and you don't find out til too late that he's been playing with two queens all along.
Terry Pratchett
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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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