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[bih-ley-tid] /bɪˈleɪ tɪd/
coming or being after the customary, useful, or expected time:
belated birthday greetings.
late, delayed, or detained:
We started the meeting without the belated representative.
Archaic. obsolete; old-fashioned; out-of-date:
a belated view of world politics.
Archaic. overtaken by darkness or night.
Origin of belated
1610-20; belate to delay (be- + late) + -ed2
Related forms
belatedly, adverb
belatedness, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for belatedly


late or too late: belated greetings
Derived Forms
belatedly, adverb
belatedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for belatedly



1610s, "overtaken by night," past participle adjective from belate "to make late, detain," from be- + late. Sense of "coming past due, behind date" is from 1660s. Related: Belatedly.

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