Late

Adjective

  • Specifically, near the end of the day.

    "It was getting late and I was tired."

  • Not arriving until after an expected time.

    "Panos was so late that he arrived at the meeting after Antonio, who had the excuse of being in hospital for most of the night."

  • (not comparable, euphemistic) Deceased, dead: used particularly when speaking of the dead person's actions while alive. (Often used with "the".)

    "The piece was composed by the late Igor Stravinsky."

  • Near the end of a period of time.

    "It was late in the evening when we finally arrived."

  • Not arriving until after an expected time.

    "Even though we drove as fast as we could, we were still late."

  • (not comparable, euphemistic) Deceased, dead: used particularly when speaking of the dead person's actions while alive. (Often used with "the".)

    "Her late husband had left her well provided for."

  • Recent — relative to the noun it modifies.
  • (usually not used comparatively) Associated with the end of a period.

    "Late Latin is less fully inflected than classical Latin."

  • Not having had an expected menstrual period.

    "I'm late, honey. Could you buy a test?"

  • Existing or holding some position not long ago, but not now; departed, or gone out of office.

    "the late bishop of London;"

Adverb

  • After a deadline has passed, past a designated time.

    "We drove as fast as we could, but we still arrived late."

  • formerly, especially in the context of service in a military unit.

    "Colonel Easterwood, late of the 34th Carbines, was a guest at the dinner party."

Noun

  • (informal) A shift (scheduled work period) that takes place late in the day or at night.

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