Definition of late

Scrabble & Words with friends points


  • late is a valid Scrabble US word with a point value of 4
  • late is a valid Scrabble UK word with a point value of 4
  • late is a valid Words with friends word with a point value of 5

Definition of late


  • in the recent past (adverb)

    Examples

    1. lately the rules have been enforced
    2. as late as yesterday she was fine
    3. feeling better of late

    Synonyms

    1. lately
    2. latterly
    3. of late
    4. recently
  • at or toward an end or late period or stage of development (adjective)

    Examples

    1. the late phase of feudalism
    2. a later symptom of the disease
    3. later medical science could have saved the child

    Synonyms

    1. later
  • to an advanced time (adverb)

    Examples

    1. talked late into the evening

    Synonyms

    1. deep
  • later than usual or than expected (adverb)

    Examples

    1. the train arrived late
    2. we awoke late
    3. the children came late to school
    4. I belatedly wished her a happy birthday

    Synonyms

    1. belatedly
    2. tardily
  • after the expected or usual time; delayed (adjective)

    Examples

    1. a belated birthday card
    2. I'm late for the plane
    3. the train is late

    Synonyms

    1. belated
    2. tardy
  • (used especially of persons) of the immediate past (adjective)

    Examples

    1. our late President is still very active

    Synonyms

    1. former
    2. previous
  • of the immediate past or just previous to the present time (adjective)

    Examples

    1. a late development
    2. their late quarrel

    Synonyms

    1. recent
  • being or occurring at an advanced period of time or after a usual or expected time (adjective)

    Examples

    1. late evening
    2. late 18th century
    3. a late movie
    4. took a late flight
    5. had a late breakfast
  • having died recently (adjective)

    Examples

    1. her late husband
  • of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages (adjective)

See definition of late in Merriam Webster

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