belated

[bih-ley-tid]

adjective

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 obsolete; old-fashioned; out-of-date: a belated view of world politics.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.

Nearby words

  1. belah,
  2. belarus,
  3. belarussian,
  4. belasco,
  5. belasco, david,
  6. belatedly,
  7. belau,
  8. belaud,
  9. belay,
  10. belaya

Origin of belated

1610–20; belate to delay (be- + late) + -ed2

Related formsbe·lat·ed·ly, adverbbe·lat·ed·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for belatedly

belated

adjective

late or too latebelated greetings
Derived Formsbelatedly, adverbbelatedness, noun

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Word Origin and History for belatedly

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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