late

[ leyt ]
/ leɪt /
See synonyms for: late / last / later / latest on Thesaurus.com

adjective, lat·er, lat·est or last.

adverb, lat·er, lat·est.

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Idioms for late

    of late, lately; recently: The days have been getting warmer of late.

Origin of late

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English læt “slow, late”; cognate with German lass “slothful,” Old Norse latr,Gothic lats “slow, lazy,” Latin lassus “tired”

synonym study for late

4. See modern.

OTHER WORDS FROM late

lateness, nouno·ver·late, adjectiveo·ver·late·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH late

later , latter
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British Dictionary definitions for late

late
/ (leɪt) /

adjective

adverb

Derived forms of late

lateness, noun

Word Origin for late

Old English læt; related to Old Norse latr, Gothic lats

usage for late

Since late can mean deceased, many people think it is better to avoid using this word to refer to the person who held a post or position before its present holder: the previous (not the late) editor of The Times
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Idioms and Phrases with late

late

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