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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbelatedbe‧lat‧ed /bɪˈleɪtɪd/ adjective  LATEhappening or arriving late a belated attempt to increase supportbelated recognition/realization/acknowledgement The statement was a belated acknowledgement that the project had not been a success. a belated birthday presentsee thesaurus at latebelatedly adverb
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belatedTheir subsequent revival and belated acceptance into the rock fold was one of the period's more surprising reversals.The recent production of the play that used the gay version was a fascinating experiment, not a belated act of justice.John made a belated attempt to apologize.He was given a belated birthday cake with 60 candles.I got a belated birthday card from my cousin yesterday.a belated birthday cardOf course I welcome that, but it is a belated conversion.her belated realisation that he was in love with someone elseA belated rush to help is under way, complete with the good intentions and hazards that hasty rescues invariably bring.It was while they were finishing their belated tea that Mrs Blunt arrived.The Revolution certainly marked a belated victory for the policy of Exclusion, and finally established the legislative sovereignty of Parliament.I set him down on the hood of the car and gave him a belated warning about snakes.belated recognition/realization/acknowledgementSuch a belated recognition is likely to strike a reader as old news.Most importantly it is a belated recognition that imperialism offers a fantastically huge and barely mined seam of stories.The belated realization that these things are no longer so leads to the embittered and baffled reaction that they ought to be so.
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