|a.||1.||Coming after the time when due, or after the usual or proper time; not early; slow; tardy; long delayed; |
|2.||Far advanced toward the end or close; |
|3.||Existing or holding some position not long ago, but not now; recently deceased, departed, or gone out of office; |
|4.||Not long past; happening not long ago; recent; |
|5.||Continuing or doing until an advanced hour of the night; |
|adv.||1.||After the usual or proper time, or the time appointed; after delay; |
|2.||Not long ago; lately.|
|3.||Far in the night, day, week, or other particular period; |
|Adj.||1.||late - being or occurring at an advanced period of time or after a usual or expected time; "late evening"; "late 18th century"; "a late movie"; "took a late flight"; "had a late breakfast"|
early - at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time; "early morning"; "an early warning"; "early diagnosis"; "an early death"; "took early retirement"; "an early spring"; "early varieties of peas and tomatoes mature before most standard varieties"
middle - between an earlier and a later period of time; "in the middle years"; "in his middle thirties"
|2.||late - after the expected or usual time; delayed; "a belated birthday card"; "I'm late for the plane"; "the train is late"; "tardy children are sent to the principal"; "always tardy in making dental appointments"|
|3.||late - of the immediate past or just previous to the present time; "a late development"; "their late quarrel"; "his recent trip to Africa"; "in recent months"; "a recent issue of the journal"|
|4.||late - having died recently; "her late husband"|
|5.||late - of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages; "Late Greek"|
early - of an early stage in the development of a language or literature; "the Early Hebrew alphabetical script is that used mainly from the 11th to the 6th centuries B.C."; "Early Modern English is represented in documents printed from 1476 to 1700"
middle - of a stage in the development of a language or literature between earlier and later stages; "Middle English is the English language from about 1100 to 1500"; "Middle Gaelic"
|6.||late - at or toward an end or late period or stage of development; "the late phase of feudalism"; "a later symptom of the disease"; "later medical science could have saved the child"|
early - being or occurring at an early stage of development; "in an early stage"; "early forms of life"; "early man"; "an early computer"
|7.||late - (used especially of persons) of the immediate past; "the former president"; "our late President is still very active"; "the previous occupant of the White House"|
|Adv.||1.||late - later than usual or than expected; "the train arrived late"; "we awoke late"; "the children came late to school"; "notice came so tardily that we almost missed the deadline"; "I belatedly wished her a happy birthday"|
|2.||late - to an advanced time; "deep into the night"; "talked late into the evening"|
|3.||late - at an advanced age or stage; "she married late"; "undertook the project late in her career"|
|4.||late - in the recent past; "he was in Paris recently"; "lately the rules have been enforced"; "as late as yesterday she was fine"; "feeling better of late"; "the spelling was first affected, but latterly the meaning also"|