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belated

[bih-ley-tid] /bɪˈleɪ tɪd/
adjective
1.
coming or being after the customary, useful, or expected time:
belated birthday greetings.
2.
late, delayed, or detained:
We started the meeting without the belated representative.
3.
Archaic. obsolete; old-fashioned; out-of-date:
a belated view of world politics.
4.
Archaic. overtaken by darkness or night.
Origin of belated
1610-1620
1610-20; belate to delay (be- + late) + -ed2
Related forms
belatedly, adverb
belatedness, noun
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  • And still more of this belated spring will gladden the eye in the florist's window.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • belated vacations and illness had depleted the training-school.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The belated patients and pilgrims had arrived during this alert.

  • "Your thanks are belated," said the young man, with a visible attempt at gaiety.

  • They had penetrated the mists of alcohol, and stirred a belated contrition.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for belated

belated

/bɪˈleɪtɪd/
adjective
1.
late or too late: belated greetings
Derived Forms
belatedly, adverb
belatedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for belated
adj.

1610s, "overtaken by night," past participle adjective from belate "to make late, detain," from be- + late. Sense of "coming past due, behind date" is from 1660s. Related: Belatedly.

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