of late


adjective, later or latter, latest or last.
occurring, coming, or being after the usual or proper time: late frosts; a late spring.
continued until after the usual time or hour; protracted: a late business meeting.
near or at the end of day or well into the night: a late hour.
belonging to the time just before the present moment; most recent: a late news bulletin.
immediately preceding the present one; former: the late attorney general.
recently deceased: the late Mr. Phipps.
occurring at an advanced stage in life: a late marriage.
belonging to an advanced period or stage in the history or development of something: the late phase of feudalism.
adverb, later, latest.
after the usual or proper time, or after delay: to arrive late.
until after the usual time or hour; until an advanced hour, especially of the night: to work late.
at or to an advanced time, period, or stage: The flowers keep their blossoms late in warm climates.
recently but no longer: a man late of Chicago, now living in Philadelphia.
of late, lately; recently: The days have been getting warmer of late.

before 900; Middle English; Old English læt slow, late; cognate with German lass slothful, Old Norse latr, Gothic lats slow, lazy, Latin lassus tired

lateness, noun
overlate, adjective
overlateness, noun

former, later, latter.

1. tardy; slow, dilatory; delayed, belated. 4. See modern.
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late (leɪt)
1.  occurring or arriving after the correct or expected time: the train was late
2.  (prenominal) occurring, scheduled for, or being at a relatively advanced time: a late marriage
3.  (prenominal) towards or near the end: the late evening
4.  at an advanced time in the evening or at night: it was late
5.  (prenominal) occurring or being just previous to the present time: his late remarks on industry
6.  (prenominal) having died, esp recently: my late grandfather
7.  (prenominal) just preceding the present or existing person or thing; former: the late manager of this firm
8.  of late recently; lately
9.  after the correct or expected time: he arrived late
10.  at a relatively advanced age: she married late
11.  recently; lately: as late as yesterday he was selling books
12.  late hours rising and going to bed later than is usual
13.  late in the day
 a.  at a late or advanced stage
 b.  too late
[Old English læt; related to Old Norse latr, Gothic lats]
usage  Since late can mean deceased, many people think it is better to avoid using this word to refer to the person who held a post or position before its present holder: the previous (not the late) editor of The Times

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Word Origin & History

O.E. læt "occurring after the customary or expected time," originally "slow, sluggish," from P.Gmc. *latas (cf. O.N. latr "sluggish, lazy," M.Du., O.S. lat, Ger. laß "idle, weary," Goth. lats "weary, sluggish, lazy," latjan "to hinder"), from PIE base *lad- "slow, weary" (cf. L. lassus "faint,
weary, languid, exhausted," Gk. ledein "to be weary"). The sense of "deceased" (as in the late Mrs. Smith) is from late 15c., from an adv. sense of "recently." Of women's menstrual periods, attested colloquially from 1962. Related: Lately; lateness.
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Idioms & Phrases

of late

Recently, lately, as in She's been very quiet of late; is something wrong? This idiom uses late as a noun instead of an adjective, a usage dating from about 1250. The idiom dates from the early 1400s.

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