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Definition of late:

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


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