late: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (lāt), [key]
— adj., adv. lat•er lat•ter, lat•est last, lat•er, lat•est.
- occurring, coming, or being after the usual or proper time: late frosts; a late spring.
- continued until after the usual time or hour; protracted: a late business meeting.
- near or at the end of day or well into the night: a late hour.
- belonging to the time just before the present moment; most recent: a late news bulletin.
- immediately preceding the present one; former: the late attorney general.
- recently deceased: the late Mr. Phipps.
- occurring at an advanced stage in life: a late marriage.
- belonging to an advanced period or stage in the history or development of something: the late phase of feudalism.
- lately; recently: The days have been getting warmer of late.
- after the usual or proper time, or after delay: to arrive late.
- until after the usual time or hour; until an advanced hour, esp. of the night: to work late.
- at or to an advanced time, period, or stage: The flowers keep their blossoms late in warm climates.
- recently but no longer: a man late of Chicago, now living in Philadelphia.
- late (Thesaurus)