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Inflections of 'late' (advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."):
later
adv comparative
latest
adv superlative
Inflections of 'late' (adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."):
later
adj comparative
latest
adj superlative

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
late /leɪt/USA pronunciation   adj.,  lat•er or lat•ter, lat•est or last /læst/USA pronunciation   adv.,  lat•er, lat•est. 

adj. 
  1. occurring after the usual or proper time:a late spring.
  2. continued until after the usual time or hour:a late business meeting.
  3. near or at the end of the day or well into the night:a late hour.
  4. most recent:[before a noun]Here is a late news bulletin.
  5. recently deceased:[before a noun]the late John and Jane Doe.
  6. belonging to an advanced period or stage in the history or development of something:[before a noun]the late phase of feudalism.
  7. belonging in or near the end of a stage or period in a life:[before a noun]in his late twenties.

adv. 
  1. after the usual or proper time, or after delay:to arrive twenty minutes late.
  2. until after the usual time or hour, esp. of the night:to work late.
  3. recently but no longer;
    lately.
Idioms
  1. Idiomsof late, lately;
    recently:He seems tired of late.

late•ness, n. [uncountable]Please excuse the lateness of the hour.[countable]Two latenesses count as one absence.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
late  (lāt),USA pronunciation adj.,  lat•er  or lat•ter, lat•est  or last, adv.  lat•er, lat•est. 
adj. 
  1. occurring, coming, or being after the usual or proper time:late frosts; a late spring.
  2. continued until after the usual time or hour;
    protracted:a late business meeting.
  3. near or at the end of day or well into the night:a late hour.
  4. belonging to the time just before the present moment;
    most recent:a late news bulletin.
  5. immediately preceding the present one;
    former:the late attorney general.
  6. recently deceased:the late Mr. Phipps.
  7. occurring at an advanced stage in life:a late marriage.
  8. belonging to an advanced period or stage in the history or development of something:the late phase of feudalism.
  9. Idiomsof late, lately;
    recently:The days have been getting warmer of late.

adv. 
  1. after the usual or proper time, or after delay:to arrive late.
  2. until after the usual time or hour;
    until an advanced hour, esp. of the night:to work late.
  3. at or to an advanced time, period, or stage:The flowers keep their blossoms late in warm climates.
  4. recently but no longer:a man late of Chicago, now living in Philadelphia.
lateness, n. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English; Old English læt slow, late; cognate with German lass slothful, Old Norse latr, Gothic lats slow, lazy, Latin lassus tired
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged tardy;
      slow, dilatory;
      delayed, belated.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  modern. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
late /leɪt/ adj
  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 laterecently; lately
adv
  1. after the correct or expected time: he arrived late
  2. at a relatively advanced age: she married late
  3. recently; lately: as late as yesterday he was selling books
  4. late hoursrising and going to bed later than is usual
  5. late in the dayat a late or advanced stage
  6. too late
Etymology: Old English læt; related to Old Norse latr, Gothic lats

ˈlateness n
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