late

[ leyt ]
/ leɪt /

adjective, lat·er or lat·ter, lat·est or last.

adverb, lat·er, lat·est.

Idioms for late

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

Origin of late

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

OTHER WORDS FROM late

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH late

former later latter
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British Dictionary definitions for of 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 of late (1 of 2)

of late

Recently, lately, as in She's been very quiet of late; is something wrong? This idiom uses late as a noun instead of an adjective, a usage dating from about 1250. The idiom dates from the early 1400s.

Idioms and Phrases with of late (2 of 2)

late

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