- coming or being after the customary, useful, or expected time: belated birthday greetings.
- late, delayed, or detained: We started the meeting without the belated representative.
- Archaic. obsolete; old-fashioned; out-of-date: a belated view of world politics.
- Archaic. overtaken by darkness or night.
Origin of belated
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Examples from the Web for belated
Marrero—who only reached “The Show” as a belated 39-year-old rookie—always did possess an odd sense of timing.Havana Bids Adios to Conrado Marrero, MLB’s Oldest Player
Peter C. Bjarkman
April 25, 2014
But could this invoking of the words of the Godfather of Soul be a belated effort to inflate these flat polling numbers?Why Mitt Romney’s Use of James Brown Annoys Black Voters
August 31, 2012
But there is a belated wake-up among conservatives opposed to cannibalization.Will Dick Lugar Be The RINO-Hunters’ Latest Trophy?
May 5, 2012
Rick Santorum, the (belated) winner in Iowa, who had been battling Gingrich for that distinction, is the unambiguous loser.Newt Gingrich Scores Major Upset in South Carolina Primary
January 22, 2012
Some belated scrutiny of the congressional record that later earned him big bucks.Press Hits Santorum As Wheeler-Dealer
January 6, 2012
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.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
"Your thanks are belated," said the young man, with a visible attempt at gaiety.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
They had penetrated the mists of alcohol, and stirred a belated contrition.The Law-Breakers
- late or too latebelated greetings
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Word Origin and History for belated
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