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belated

[ bih-ley-tid ]
/ bɪˈleɪ tɪd /
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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 obsolete; old-fashioned; out-of-date: a belated view of world politics.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.

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Origin of belated

1610–20; belate to delay (be- + late) + -ed2
be·lat·ed·ly, adverbbe·lat·ed·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for belated

belated
/ (bɪˈleɪtɪd) /

adjective

late or too latebelated greetings
belatedly, adverbbelatedness, noun
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