Definition of belated in English:

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Pronunciation: /bəˈlādəd/


Coming or happening later than should have been the case: a belated apology
More example sentences
  • Of course, apologies followed, and at five to three the belated ceremony was commenced to the relief of all concerned.
  • The move is long overdue and it's mostly belated good news for shareholders.
  • Though belated, the announcement went down well with the workers both permanent and temporary.



Example sentences
  • I apologise for the belatedness, because these correspondents were ahead of the curve.
  • He did not have before him the example of Taylor's belatedness.
  • I apologize for my belatedness, but you seemed to have managed just fine on your own.


Early 17th century (in the sense 'overtaken by darkness'): past participle of obsolete belate 'delay' (see be-, late).

Words that rhyme with belated

elated, mismated, outdated, overinflated, striated, unabated, undated, unrated, unrelated, unstated, X-rated

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Syllabification: be·lat·ed

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