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adjective late pronunciation in British English /leɪt/
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  1. 1
    [not usually before noun] if you are late, you arrive somewhere after the correct or usual time
    She phoned to say she’d be late.
    late for: He was ten minutes late for school.
    too late: We climbed the hill to watch the sunset, but we were too late.
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    1. a.
      used about something that happens after the correct or usual time
      There is a penalty for late registration.
      late with: They’re always late with their payments.
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    2. b.
      used about something that continues after the time that it usually ends
      We got caught in a late meeting and almost missed the start of the film.
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  2. 2
    [only before noun] near the end of a period of time such as a day, month, or season
    the late 18th century
    These bulbs bloom in late spring.
    a girl in her late teens
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    1. a.
      near the end of an evening or night
      If it weren’t so late I would give Donna a call.
    2. b.
      done near the end of someones life or career
      The symphony is a late work.
      a late Picasso
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  3. 3
    [only before noun] happening at a time just before the present
    a late news development
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  4. 4
    [only before noun] used for talking about someone who has died, especially recently
    my late aunt
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