of late

of late
O o


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uhv, ov leyt]
    • /ʌv, ɒv leɪt/
    • /əv leɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uhv, ov leyt]
    • /ʌv, ɒv leɪt/

Definitions of of late words

  • adjective of late occurring, coming, or being after the usual or proper time: late frosts; a late spring. 1
  • adjective of late continued until after the usual time or hour; protracted: a late business meeting. 1
  • adjective of late near or at the end of day or well into the night: a late hour. 1
  • adjective of late belonging to the time just before the present moment; most recent: a late news bulletin. 1
  • adjective of late immediately preceding the present one; former: the late attorney general. 1
  • adjective of late recently deceased: the late Mr. Phipps. 1

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Origin of of late

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English; Old English læt slow, late; cognate with German lass slothful, Old Norse latr, Gothic lats slow, lazy, Latin lassus tired

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Parts of speech for Of late


of late popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

of late usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for of late

adj of late

  • afresh — If you do something afresh, you do it again in a different way.
  • de novo — from the beginning; anew

adv of late

  • lately — of late; recently; not long since: He has been very grouchy lately.
  • latterly — of late; lately: He has been latterly finding much to keep himself busy.

adjective of late

  • again — You use again to indicate that something happens a second time, or after it has already happened before.
  • anew — If you do something anew, you do it again, often in a different way from before.

adverb of late

  • freshly — Newly; recently.
  • late — occurring, coming, or being after the usual or proper time: late frosts; a late spring.
  • new — other than the former or the old: a new era; in the New World.
  • newly — recently; lately: a newly married couple.

Antonyms for of late

adverb of late

  • old — far advanced in the years of one's or its life: an old man; an old horse; an old tree.

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