• Near the end of a period of time.
  • Specifically, near the end of the day.
  • Associated with the end of a period.
  • Not arriving until after an expected time.
  • Not having had an expected menstrual period.
  • Existing or holding some position not long ago, but not now; departed, or gone out of office.
  • Recent — relative to the noun it modifies.
  • Of a star or class of stars, cooler than the sun.


  • A shift (scheduled work period) that takes place late in the day or at night.


  • After a deadline has passed, past a designated time.
  • Formerly, especially in the context of service in a military unit.
  • Not long ago; just now.


Opposite words


  • From Middle English late, lat, from Old English læt ("slow; slack, lax, negligent; late"), from Proto-Germanic *lataz ("slow, lazy").

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