- 1Doing something or taking place after the expected, proper, or usual time: his late arrival she was half an hour late for her lunch appointmentMore example sentences
- Sometimes it makes me late for class, and sometimes I make excuses to stay in.
- She had been asking for more breaks in the past week, and often coming in late for her shift.
- Even Chelsey claiming to be late for something and dashing off would be better.
- 2Belonging or taking place far on in a particular period: they won the game with a late goal an elegantly dressed woman in her late fiftiesMore example sentences
- As the baby-boomers enter their mid to late fifties the issue of how we care for the aged is never far from the news headlines.
- It looked all over at that stage for the home team but they fought back admirably and got two late goals, one from the penalty spot.
- But the other Sheffield side showed a bit of steel as they grabbed two late goals to guarantee the celebration had to be put on hold.
- 2.1Denoting or belonging to the advanced stage of a historical period or cultural movement: the late 1960s late Gothic styleMore example sentences
- It is an historical fate for all late modern societies that we should welcome and make the best of.
- I recall when we made the major State sector reforms in the late 1980s.
- Less than half of the adult population regularly attended church by the late 1980s.
- 2.2Far on in the day or night: I’m sorry the call is so late it’s too late for sherryMore example sentences
- It was finally faxed through late last night, too late for most deadlines.
- Between household chores, she studied - late at night and early in the morning.
- However, if you are invited to Ed's late night party, the gloves come off and it is Ed - no holds barred.
- 2.3Flowering or ripening towards the end of the season: the last late chrysanthemumsMore example sentences
- While in pruning mode, cut late flowering clematis hard back to a low pair of fat buds.
- Remove late flowers on peppers and eggplant to send more energy into the ripening fruit.
- The white currant is White transparent, again a late flowering variety.
- 3 (the/one's late) (Of a specified person) no longer alive: the late Francis Bacon her late husband’s graveMore example sentences
- If the late princess were still alive, however, she might have changed her mind about him.
- She said her husband's late sister had complained to the council on their behalf and they had understood something was going to be done.
- He was husband of the late Kathleen and was a popular and prominent member of the local rural community.
- 3.1No longer having the specified status; former: a late colleague of mine
- 4 (latest) Of most recent date: the latest newsMore example sentences
most recent, newest, brand new, just out, just released, fresh, present-day, up to date, up to the minute, state-of-the-art, current, modern, contemporary, modernistic, fashionable, in fashion, in vogue, voguish, bang up to date, in; French à la mode
- Call the office regularly to keep up to speed with all the latest gossip and news.
- Hand guns and heroin were seized by drugs squad police in the latest Crack Down raids.
- He was warning those people that are sporting the latest craze in flag waving to beware.
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- 1After the expected, proper, or usual time: she arrived lateMore example sentences
- The unofficial action was expected to end late last evening, with services returning to normal by today.
- Cathy was never late and expected the same when you met her for dinner.
- The second phase is expected to start late this year or early next year.
- 2Far on in time; towards the end of a period: it happened late in 1994More example sentences
- These headlines are all drawn from just a three day period late in September.
- That was in the context of a writ issued late in the limitation period.
- He commanded troops in Guangdong and advocated a fight to the finish late in the war.
- 2.1At or until a time far on in the day or night: now I’m old enough to stay up lateMore example sentences
late at night, till the early hours of the morning• informal till the wee small hours, till all hours
- Children were also to be made safer - safer from their irresponsible parents who allowed them to stay out late at night.
- I stay up late at night reading stupid Philosophy readings and wake up early to read some more.
- It would probably help if I hadn't stayed up too late last night making a fiction index.
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- The most recent news or fashion: have you heard the latest?More example sentences
- The accident is the latest in a recent spate of serious hit and run collisions in the area.
- This is the latest in a series of injuries which have stretched the Lochcarron squad.
- This is the latest in a spate of vandal attacks on fire crews and buses in the area.
at the latest
- No later than the time specified: all new cars will be required to meet this standard by 1997 at the latestMore example sentences
- It also emerged that by the end of March or April at the latest, the regional election headquarters will be formed.
- Anyway we will have a guest book up and running from tomorrow or Friday at the latest so if you are dying to be a part of it all then you will have your chance.
- A Justice Department spokesman said the advertising ban should be in place by the New Year at the latest.
late in the day (or North American game)
- At a late stage in proceedings, especially too late to be useful: it’s a bit late in the day to go into all thisMore example sentences
- Numbness came a bit too late in the game for me, right on the heels of anger.
- As for disclosure, as we pointed out, that seems to be coming a bit late in the game.
- If he wanted to avoid tempting fate it's a bit late in the day.
- Recently: she’d been drinking too much of lateMore example sentences
- The girls are training very hard of late and a full panel has been evident in recent weeks.
- A shame though, as I've been listening to her most recent two albums an awful lot of late.
- The new jobs of late have been in supermarkets and call-centres, not laboratories.