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adverb late pronunciation in British English /leɪt/
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  1. 1
    after the correct or usual time
    The trains are running 15 minutes late.
    The trees are flowering late this year.
  2. 2
    near the end of a period of time such as a day, month, season, or someones life or career
    Stop by late this afternoon.
    late in: We plan to visit late in July.
    late in life: He didn’t receive the recognition he deserved until late in life.
    1. a.
      near the end of an evening or night
      We won’t arrive home until late, so don’t wait up for us.



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