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“… actually created in the late 1980s by …”

meanings of late


  1. Specifically, near the end of the day.
  2. Not arriving until after an expected time.
  3. Recent — relative to the noun it modifies.
  4. Existing or holding some position not long ago, but not now; departed, or gone out of office.
  5. Deceased, dead: used particularly when speaking of the dead person's actions while alive. (Often used with "the"; see usage notes.).
  6. Not having had an expected menstrual period.
  7. Associated with the end of a period.
  8. Of a star or class of stars, cooler than the sun.
  9. Near the end of a period of time.


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


  1. A shift (scheduled work period) that takes place late in the day or at night.
  2. Acronym of limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy, a form of dementia.

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