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Synonyms of late in English:


  • 1 the train was one and a half hours late he was late for work
    [Antonyms] punctual, early, fast
  • 2 her late husband
    [Antonyms] alive, existing
  • 3 he was Minister for Education in the late government
    French ci-devant
    formal quondam
    archaic whilom
    [Antonyms] current
  • adverb

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  • 1 she had arrived late
    behind schedule, behind time, behindhand, unpunctually, belatedly, tardily, at the last minute, at the tail end;
    dilatorily, slowly, recently
    [Antonyms] early, betimes
  • 2 I was working late
    after hours, after office hours, overtime, past the usual finishing/stopping/closing time
  • 3 I won't have you staying out late
    late at night, till the early hours of the morning
    informal till the wee small hours, till all hours
  • Phrases

    of late
    she'd been drinking too much of late
    recently, lately, latterly, in the past few days, in the last couple of weeks, in recent times;
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