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late is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of late in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… 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.

late frequency in english - A1 level of CEFR

the word late occurs in english on average 175.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics late can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that late can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) people, society, and culture;

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