Synonyms of late


1. late (vs. early) (vs. middle), advanced, ripe, after-hours, latish, posthumous

usage: being or occurring at an advanced period of time or after a usual or expected time; "late evening"; "late 18th century"; "a late movie"; "took a late flight"; "had a late breakfast"

2. belated, late, tardy, unpunctual (vs. punctual)

usage: after the expected or usual time; delayed; "a belated birthday card"; "I'm late for the plane"; "the train is late"; "tardy children are sent to the principal"; "always tardy in making dental appointments"

3. late(prenominal), recent, past (vs. present) (vs. future)

usage: of the immediate past or just previous to the present time; "a late development"; "their late quarrel"; "his recent trip to Africa"; "in recent months"; "a recent issue of the journal"

4. late(prenominal), dead (vs. alive)

usage: having died recently; "her late husband"

5. late (vs. early) (vs. middle), Modern, New, New

usage: of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages; "Late Greek"

6. late (vs. early), later(prenominal), advanced(prenominal), tardive

usage: at or toward an end or late period or stage of development; "the late phase of feudalism"; "a later symptom of the disease"; "later medical science could have saved the child"

7. former(prenominal), late(prenominal), previous(prenominal), past (vs. present) (vs. future)

usage: (used especially of persons) of the immediate past; "the former president"; "our late President is still very active"; "the previous occupant of the White House"


1. late, belatedly, tardily

usage: later than usual or than expected; "the train arrived late"; "we awoke late"; "the children came late to school"; "notice came so tardily that we almost missed the deadline"; "I belatedly wished her a happy birthday"

2. deep, late

usage: to an advanced time; "deep into the night"; "talked late into the evening"

3. late

usage: at an advanced age or stage; "she married late"; "undertook the project late in her career"

4. recently, late, lately, of late, latterly

usage: in the recent past; "he was in Paris recently"; "lately the rules have been enforced"; "as late as yesterday she was fine"; "feeling better of late"; "the spelling was first affected, but latterly the meaning also"

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Definition and meaning of late (Dictionary)