Definition of belated in English:

belated

adjective

  • Coming or happening later than should have been the case.

    ‘a belated apology’
    • ‘Though belated, the announcement went down well with the workers both permanent and temporary.’
    • ‘Of course, apologies followed, and at five to three the belated ceremony was commenced to the relief of all concerned.’
    • ‘The move is long overdue and it's mostly belated good news for shareholders.’
    • ‘I'm debating whether that should count as a belated Friday entry or an early Tuesday one.’
    • ‘Also a belated 81st birthday is extended to Maggie McGee from her family and friends.’
    • ‘The city administration has made a belated response to the problem of urbanization.’
    • ‘That went on most of the evening, although we broke for dinner and for more belated presents as the weather got steadily worse.’
    • ‘A belated thank you for paying for this year's school fireworks display.’
    • ‘It's a grey, cold day here in Amsterdam and I have to go and raid the fridge to find something for our belated Saturday brunch.’
    • ‘Kris and I went over to my parents' house last night for a belated birthday party for my sister.’
    • ‘It was a belated birthday present from her family after Alice turned 100 in July.’
    • ‘The couple intend to take a belated honeymoon in South America before the fleet sets off on its next leg around Cape Horn.’
    • ‘Wishing you and your family a belated Christmas and an early Happy New Year’
    • ‘There may be belated Christmas refreshments after the meeting and to welcome in the New Year.’
    • ‘So the sanctions, belated and porous though they were, did have some limited effect.’
    • ‘If you missed out on Valentine's Day, surprise a loved one with a belated trip to the most romantic capital of Europe.’
    • ‘She is married to Anthony and her children, family and friends, wish her a belated happy birthday.’
    • ‘In our case, not only were the condolences belated, but we also failed to offer concrete support.’
    • ‘After today's game Duff plans to enjoy a belated birthday meal back in Aberdeen with his parents and girlfriend.’
    • ‘Santa Claus even made a belated arrival in the street together with sleigh to entertain the children and give out presents.’
    late, overdue, behindhand, behind time, not on time, behind schedule, delayed, running late, tardy, unpunctual
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Origin

Early 17th century (in the sense ‘overtaken by darkness’): past participle of obsolete belate ‘delay’ (see be-, late).

Pronunciation

belated

/bɪˈleɪtɪd/