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  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 obsolete; old-fashioned; out-of-date: a belated view of world politics.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.
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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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Related Words for belatedly

slowly, tardily, behind, behindhand, dilatorily

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British Dictionary definitions for belatedly


  1. late or too latebelated greetings
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Derived Formsbelatedly, adverbbelatedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for belatedly



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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