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  Dictionary Definition of late

adjective ( later or latter, latest or last )
1. occurring, coming, or being after the usual or proper time: late frosts.
2. continued until after the usual time or hour; protracted: a late session.
3. far advanced in time: a late hour.
4. immediately preceding that which now exists: his late residence.
5. recently deceased: the late president.
6. occurring at an advanced stage in life: a late marriage.
7. belonging to an advanced period or stage in the history or development of something: Late Latin.
-- adverb ( later, latest )
8. after the usual or proper time, or after delay: to come late.
9. until after the usual time or hour; until a late hour at night: to work late.
10. at or to an advanced time, period, or stage.
11. recently but no longer.
-- phrase
12. of late, recently.
[ME; OE lŠt slow, late, c. G lass slothful]
-- lateness, noun