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English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Middle English late, from Old English læt.

Adjective

late (comparative late, superlative r)

Positive
late

Comparative
late

Superlative
r

  1. Near the end of a period of time.
    It was late in the evening when we finally arrived.
  2. Specifically, near the end of the day.
    It was getting late and I was tired.
  3. (usually Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Associated with the end of a period.
    Late Latin is less fully inflected than classical Latin.
  4. Not arriving until after an expected time.
    Even though we drove as fast as we could, we were still late.
    Panos was so late that he arrived at the meeting after Antonio, who had the valid excuse of being in hospital - in intensive care - for most of the night.
  5. (not used comparatively) Euphemism for deceased, particularly when speaking of the dead person's actions while alive. Often used with the.
    Her late husband had left her well provided for.
    The piece was composed by the late Igor Stravinsky.
Translations

Etymology 2

From Old English late

Adverb

late (comparative late, superlative r)

Positive
late

Comparative
late

Superlative
r

  1. After a deadline has passed, past a designated time.
    We drove as fast as we could, but we still arrived late.
Derived terms
Translations

Dutch

Adjective

late

  1. Alternate form of laat.

Latin

Adverb

lātē (comparative lātius, superlative lātissimē)
  1. broadly, widely
  2. extensively
  3. far and wide, everywhere
  4. lavishly, to excess

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Old English

Etymology

Adverbial form of læt

Adverb

late

  1. late

Spanish

Verb

late (infinitive: latir)

  1. Informal second-person singular (“tú”) affirmative imperative form of latir.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present indicative form of latir.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of latir.

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