late1 S1 W1 comparative later, superlative latest
arriving, happening, or done after the time that was expected, agreed, or arranged [≠ early]:
after expected time
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.
Cheryl was late for school.
We've never been late with the rent.
used to refer to the part near the end of a period of time [≠ early]:
near the end[only before noun]
a late eighteenth century building
Paul's in his late forties.
in the late 1980s
By late afternoon, she had done 10 drawings.
to arrive or do something after the time when something could or should have been done:
He shouted a warning but it was too late.
too late to do something
Are we too late to get tickets?
It was too late to turn back.
happening or done after the usual or normal time:
after usual 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).
near the end of a day:
the late movie
It's late - I'd better go home.
dead[only before noun]
Mrs. Moore's late husband
a child who develops socially, emotionally, or physically at a later age than other children
someone who does not become successful until they are older
used to show disapproval because someone has done something too late:
It's a bit late in the day to start having objections.
used about someone who has died fairly recently:
Billy Hicks, late of this parish
—lateness noun [uncountable]
penalties for lateness at work
despite the lateness of the hour