Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

Late or too late



near the end of a period of time such as a day, month, season, or someone’s life or career



late or too late



if something is overdue, it should have been done before now


adverb, preposition

late or too slow in doing things that you have to do


adverb, preposition

later than a particular time

at the last moment/minute

when it is almost too late

not a moment too soon

so late that it is almost too late

be out of time

to have no more time available to finish something

running late

doing things or arriving in places later than planned



arriving late

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day


threadbare clothing, carpet, or cloth is very thin and almost has holes in it because it has been...

Open Dictionary

dead white (European) male

a man … whose achievements may have been overestimated because he belonged to the gender and ethnic group … that was dominant at the time

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog