from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Coming, occurring, or remaining after the correct, usual, or expected time; delayed: The bus is late. See Synonyms at tardy.
- adj. Beginning after or continuing past the usual or expected hour: a late breakfast; a late meeting.
- adj. Occurring at an advanced hour, especially well into the evening or night: a late movie on television; the late flight to Denver.
- adj. Of or toward the end or more advanced part, as of a period or stage: the late 19th century; a later symptom of the disease.
- adj. Having begun or occurred just previous to the present time; recent: a late development.
- adj. Contemporary; up-to-date: the latest fashion.
- adj. Having recently occupied a position or place: the company's late president gave the address.
- adj. Dead, especially if only recently deceased: in memory of the late explorer.
- adv. After the expected, usual, or proper time: a train that arrived late; woke late and had to skip breakfast.
- adv. At or until an advanced hour: talked late into the evening.
- adv. At or into an advanced period or stage: a project undertaken late in her career.
- adv. Recently: As late as last week he was still in town.
- idiom of late Recently; lately: was feeling better of late.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Manner; behaviour; outward appearance or aspect.
- n. A sound; voice.
- adj. Near the end of a period of time.
- adj. Specifically, near the end of the day.
- adj. Associated with the end of a period.
- adj. Not arriving until after an expected time.
- adj. Not having had an expected menstrual period.
- adj. Deceased, dead: used particularly when speaking of the dead person's actions while alive. (Often used with the; see usage notes.)
- adj. Recent — relative to the noun it modifies.
- n. A shift (scheduled work period) that takes place late in the day or at night.
- adv. After a deadline has passed, past a designated time.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Coming after the time when due, or after the usual or proper time; not early; slow; tardy; long delayed.
- adj. Far advanced toward the end or close
- adj. Existing or holding some position not long ago, but not now; recently deceased, departed, or gone out of office
- adj. Not long past; happening not long ago; recent
- adj. Continuing or doing until an advanced hour of the night
- adv. After the usual or proper time, or the time appointed; after delay; ; -- opposed to
- adv. Not long ago; lately.
- adv. Far in the night, day, week, or other particular period
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Coming, appearing, or continuing after the usual or proper time; slow or tardy; long delayed; prolonged; behind time: opposed to early: as, a late arrival; a late summer; a late embryo.
- Being or coming near the end or close; far advanced in time; last: as, a late hour of the day; a late period of life; set the latest time you can.
- Recent; of recent origin or existence; not of old date: as, the latest fashion; late news.
- Comparatively recent (with reference to something older); of a comparatively recent date or period: as, late (medieval) glass; late (Greek) sculpture or epigraphy.
- Recently existing, but not now; not long past: as, the late rains.
- Recently acting; in a series, immediately preceding that which now exists: as, the late administration.
- Synonyms Recent, Fresh, etc. See new.
- After the usual time or the time appointed; after delay: as, fruits that ripen late.
- Not long since; recently; of late.
- Beyond the usual or proper time: as, to lie abed late.
- See lait.
- A Middle English form of let.
- n. Manner; behavior.
- n. A sound; voice.
- Slow or backward in bearing crops, because heavy, clayey, cold, sour, or unfavorably situated as regards the sun, or the like: as, late land.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. being or occurring at an advanced period of time or after a usual or expected time
- adv. at an advanced age or stage
- adj. (used especially of persons) of the immediate past
- adj. of the immediate past or just previous to the present time
- adv. later than usual or than expected
- adj. after the expected or usual time; delayed
- adv. to an advanced time
- adv. in the recent past
- adj. of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages
- adj. having died recently
- adj. at or toward an end or late period or stage of development
Middle English, from Old English læt; see lē- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English late, lat, from Old English læt ("slow; slack, lax, negligent; late"), from Proto-Germanic *lataz (“slow, lazy”), from Proto-Indo-European *lē(y)d- (“to weaken, tire, relax, subside”). Cognate with Scots lat ("late"), West Frisian let ("late"), Dutch laat ("late"), German lass ("dull, limp"), Swedish lat ("idle, lazy"), Icelandic latur ("lazy"), Latin lassus ("weary, faint"). (Wiktionary)