lateness


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late

 (lāt)
adj. lat·er, lat·est
1.
a. Coming, occurring, continuing, or remaining after the correct, usual, or expected time; delayed: a late breakfast; a late meeting. See Synonyms at tardy.
b. Occurring at an advanced hour, especially well into the evening or night: a late movie on television; the late flight to Denver.
2. Of or toward the end or more advanced part, as of a period or stage: the late 19th century; a later symptom of the disease.
3.
a. Having begun or occurred just previous to the present time; recent: a late development.
b. Contemporary; up-to-date: the latest fashion.
4.
a. Having recently occupied a position or place: the company's late president gave the address.
b. Dead, especially if only recently deceased: in memory of the late explorer. See Synonyms at dead.
adv. later, latest
1. After the expected, usual, or proper time: a train that arrived late; woke late and had to skip breakfast.
2.
a. At or until an advanced hour: talked late into the evening.
b. At or into an advanced period or stage: a project undertaken late in her career.
3. Recently: As late as last week he was still in town.
Idiom:
of late
Recently; lately: was feeling better of late.

[Middle English, from Old English læt; see lē- in Indo-European roots.]

late′ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lateness - quality of coming late or later in time
timing - the time when something happens
earliness - quality of coming early or earlier in time

lateness

noun delay, late date, retardation, tardiness, unpunctuality, belatedness, advanced hour A large crowd had gathered despite the lateness of the hour.

lateness

noun
The quality or condition of not being on time:
Translations
تأخُّر
opožděnípodzní dobazpožděnost
forsinkelse
seinkun
geç kalmışlıkgecikmişlik

lateness

[ˈleɪtnɪs] N [of person, vehicle] → retraso m, tardanza f, atraso m (LAm); [of hour] → lo avanzado
he was fined for persistent latenessle sancionaron por llegar constantemente tarde

lateness

[ˈleɪtnɪs] n
(= non-punctuality) [person] → retard m
He apologized for his lateness → Il s'excusa pour son retard.
I'm tired of your constant lateness → J'en ai assez de vos retards constants.
[train, plane] → retard m
[event, bedtime] → heure f tardive
despite the lateness of the hour → malgré l'heure tardivelate-night [ˈleɪtnaɪt] adj
[event, programme] → de fin de soirée
[service] → de nuitlate-night shopping n
There's late-night shopping on Thursdays → Les magasins ouvrent en nocturne le jeudi., Les magasins ont une nocturne le jeudi.

lateness

n (= arriving late at work etc)Zuspätkommen nt; (of train, payments)Verspätung f; (of meal)späte Zeit; (of harvest, seasons)spätes Eintreten; the lateness of the hourdie so späte Stunde

lateness

[ˈleɪtnɪs] n (of person, vehicle) → ritardo; (of event) → ora tarda

late

(leit) adjective
1. coming etc after the expected or usual time. The train is late tonight; I try to be punctual but I am always late.
2. far on in the day or night. late in the day; late at night; It was very late when I got to bed.
3. dead, especially recently. the late king.
4. recently, but no longer, holding an office or position. Mr Allan, the late chairman, made a speech.
adverb
1. after the expected or usual time. He arrived late for his interview.
2. far on in the day or night. They always go to bed late.
ˈlateness noun
ˈlately adverb
in the recent past or not long ago. Have you seen her lately?
later on
at a later time. He hasn't arrived yet but no doubt he'll be here later on.
of late
lately. He thought she had been less friendly of late.

later see latter.
References in classic literature ?
When her hair was once more "respectable," she gave her skirts a shake, bent sideways to pull up her stockings and tighten her garters, looked at her watch, and then with an exclamation at the lateness of the hour, went over, with an air of desperate determination, to her bicycle.
The driver was evidently discomposed by the lateness of my arrival.
This so inflated them that they did various dodgy things to get staying up still longer, such as demanding bandages; but Wendy, though glorying in having them all home again safe and sound, was scandalised by the lateness of the hour, and cried, "To bed, to bed," in a voice that had to be obeyed.
It turned on the state of the roads and on the possible lateness of the Bettsbridge train.
And indeed (beyond that I wondered a little at the lateness of the sunset light) I gave no heed to it, and pushed on across the decks, running between the seas, catching at ropes, and only saved from going overboard by one of the hands on deck, who had been always kind to me.
On the spot, accordingly, in the pleasant hall and with her eyes on me, I, for a reason that I couldn't then have phrased, achieved an inward resolution--offered a vague pretext for my lateness and, with the plea of the beauty of the night and of the heavy dew and wet feet, went as soon as possible to my room.
From these rovers, however, notwithstanding the lateness of the hour Cedric and Athelstane accounted themselves secure, as they had in attendance ten servants, besides Wamba and Gurth, whose aid could not be counted upon, the one being a jester and the other a captive.
Sancho Panza alone was fuming at the lateness of the hour for retiring to rest; and he of all was the one that made himself most comfortable, as he stretched himself on the trappings of his ass, which, as will be told farther on, cost him so dear.
And I showed him an example, and sat down myself in my customary seat and with as fair an imitation of my ordinary manner to a patient, as the lateness of the hour, the nature of my preoccupations, and the horror I had of my visitor, would suffer me to muster.
Luckily, however, the gentry who attend at the Opera-house were too busy to quit their stations, and as the lateness of the hour prevented him from meeting many of their brethren in the street, he proceeded without molestation, in a dress, which, at another season, would have certainly raised a mob at his heels.
Now, Nell had still the piece of gold sewn in her dress; and when she came to consider the lateness of the hour, and the somnolent habits of Mrs Jarley, and to imagine the state of consternation in which they would certainly throw that good lady by knocking her up in the middle of the night--and when she reflected, on the other hand, that if they remained where they were, and rose early in the morning, they might get back before she awoke, and could plead the violence of the storm by which they had been overtaken, as a good apology for their absence--she decided, after a great deal of hesitation, to remain.
Woodhouse was soon ready for his tea; and when he had drank his tea he was quite ready to go home; and it was as much as his three companions could do, to entertain away his notice of the lateness of the hour, before the other gentlemen appeared.