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 obsolete; old-fashioned; out-of-date: a belated view of world politics.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.
- be·lat·ed·ly, adverb
- be·lat·ed·ness, noun
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How to use belated in a sentence
I would very much like to talk to Ford about naming a plant, a building, or something after Joe Louis in a kind of belated act of reparations for this really horrendous file.How Much Does Discrimination Hurt the Economy? (Ep. 480) | Stephen J. Dubner | October 28, 2021 | Freakonomics
Sher led a staff of fewer than 40 lawyers and historians as they combed through decades-old documents in the United States and Europe in the pursuit of belated justice.Neal M. Sher, leader of Justice Department’s Nazi-hunting unit, dies at 74 | Matt Schudel | October 8, 2021 | Washington Post
She submitted belated applications three times, she said — and hopes they will make it off the waiting list.Some families of color remain wary of returning to classrooms as new school year begins | Donna St. George | September 1, 2021 | Washington Post
Easily the biggest crowd-pleaser on this list, the belated-coming-of-age comedy “We Are Lady Parts” is also a triumph of representation — and a compelling illustration of how quickly online discourse about representation can get distorted.
Some of the belated boost is caused by increased supplies of coronavirus vaccines, which come at a crucial time for the Asia-Pacific region.In the race between variants and vaccines, rich Asia-Pacific countries finally start their sprint | Michael E. Miller | June 4, 2021 | Washington Post
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Mansfield Frazier | August 31, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
But there is a belated wake-up among conservatives opposed to cannibalization.Will Dick Lugar Be The RINO-Hunters’ Latest Trophy? | John Avlon | May 5, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Howard Kurtz | January 22, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Some belated scrutiny of the congressional record that later earned him big bucks.
They found a few belated sowars of the 3d Cavalry, who took refuge in a wood, and the artillery opened fire at the trees!The Red Year | Louis Tracy
The belated moon stole up from its lair, hovered above the sky-line, a gaudy orange sphere in the haze of smoke.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
Every girl should have one girl's good time, and although mine is belated, it would be silly to let it pass.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
Then a belated sense of fear came to her with the consciousness of victory, and she slipped into bed, cold to the bone.Summer | Edith Wharton
belated young Tractarians who burn incense in their monastic bedrooms were no more common in Liverpool then than they are to-day.Mushroom Town | Oliver Onions
British Dictionary definitions for belated
late or too late: belated greetings
- belatedly, adverb
- belatedness, noun
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