From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishlatelate1 /leɪt/ ●●●S1W1 adjective (comparative later, superlative latest) 🔊 🔊 1after expected timeLATEarriving, happening, or done after the time that was expected, agreed, or arranged opp early 🔊 Sorry I’m late – I overslept.ten minutes/two hours etc late 🔊 You’re half an hour late. 🔊 The train was even later than usual. 🔊 We apologize for the late departure of flight AZ709. 🔊 There are penalties if loan repayments are late.late for 🔊 Cheryl was late for school.late with 🔊 We’ve never been late with the rent.2near the end [only before noun]END used to refer to the part near the end of a period of time opp early 🔊 Paul’s in his late forties. 🔊 a late eighteenth-century building 🔊 in the late 1980s 🔊 By late afternoon, she had done 10 drawings.3 →be too late4after usual timeLATE happening or done after the usual or normal time 🔊 a late breakfast 🔊 The harvest was late this year because of the rain. 🔊 She looked tired – too many late nights (=nights when she went to bed after the normal time).5evening near the end of a day 🔊 the late movie 🔊 It’s late – I’d better go home.6deadDEAD [only before noun]deadlate husband/wife 🔊 Mrs. Moore’s late husband7 →late developer/bloomer8 →it’s (a little/bit) late in the day (to do something)9 →late of something —lateness noun [uncountable] 🔊 penalties for lateness at work 🔊 despite the lateness of the hourGRAMMAR: Patterns with late• You are late for work, school, a meeting etc: I was late for my appointment.• You are late for your train, bus, plane etc: Hurry up or you’ll be late for your train!• You are late with something that you have to produce, for example your work or the rent: He was always late with his homework.• You are late doing something: They were late paying the rent.• You can also say that someone is late in doing something: They were late in paying the rent.THESAURUSlate arriving or happening after the time that was expected or arrangedSorry I’m late.The bus was late.Spring seems to be very late this year.not on time not arriving or doing something at the time that was expected or arrangedHe never hands his homework in on time.If we don’t leave on time, we’ll miss the flight.overdue not done or happening by the expected time – used especially about payments that are late or librarybooks that should have been returnedYour rent is three weeks overdue.I had to pay a £3 fine on some overdue library books.be behind with something British English, be behind on something American English to be late in doing something that you have to doI can’t come out because I’m behind with my English essay.be held up to be made late for a meeting, appointment etc by something that happens, especially by badtrafficI was held up by a traffic jam.be delayed to be prevented from arriving, leaving, or happening at the expected time – often used about publictransportThe flight was delayed by bad weather.belated /bɪˈleɪtəd/ given or done late – used especially about something that someone has forgotten or failed to doa belated birthday cardI’m still hoping for a belated apology from him.tardy especially American English formal arriving or happening latea habitually tardy persona tardy decisionbe in arrears /əˈrɪəz $ əˈrɪrz/ formal to have not made one or more regular payments at the time when you shouldOne in eight mortgage payers are in arrears.