Definition of belated in English:


Line breaks: be|lated
Pronunciation: /bɪˈleɪtɪd


Coming or happening later than should have been the case: a belated apology
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  • 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.


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



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  • I scampered along behind her, belatedly aware of the distress she'd felt on witnessing the fight.
  • Their contribution has, belatedly, been recognised in recent years.
  • This brings us to another aspect of history that now very belatedly has entered the controversy.


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  • 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.

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