late2 S2 W3 comparative later, superlative no superlative
after the usual time:
The stores are open later on Thursdays.
Ellen has to work late tonight.
Can you stay late?
after the arranged or expected time [≠ early]
ten minutes/two hours etc late
The bus came ten minutes late.
after the time when something could or should have been done:
The advice came too late.
near to the end of a period of time or an event
The wedding took place late in May.
It was not a place to walk in late at night.
used to express surprise that something considered old-fashioned was still happening so recently:
Capital punishment was still used in Britain as late as the 1950s.
Birth rates have gone down of late.
if you do something late in life, you do it at an older age than most people do it
used to say that you are glad someone has done something, or to say that they should do something even though they are late