Definition of belated in English:



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

    ‘a belated apology’
    • ‘Of course, apologies followed, and at five to three the belated ceremony was commenced to the relief of all concerned.’
    • ‘Santa Claus even made a belated arrival in the street together with sleigh to entertain the children and give out presents.’
    • ‘Also a belated 81st birthday is extended to Maggie McGee from her family and friends.’
    • ‘There may be belated Christmas refreshments after the meeting and to welcome in the New Year.’
    • ‘That went on most of the evening, although we broke for dinner and for more belated presents as the weather got steadily worse.’
    • ‘If you missed out on Valentine's Day, surprise a loved one with a belated trip to the most romantic capital of Europe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The couple intend to take a belated honeymoon in South America before the fleet sets off on its next leg around Cape Horn.’
    • ‘The move is long overdue and it's mostly belated good news for shareholders.’
    • ‘In our case, not only were the condolences belated, but we also failed to offer concrete support.’
    • ‘So the sanctions, belated and porous though they were, did have some limited effect.’
    • ‘Though belated, the announcement went down well with the workers both permanent and temporary.’
    • ‘The city administration has made a belated response to the problem of urbanization.’
    • ‘It was a belated birthday present from her family after Alice turned 100 in July.’
    • ‘I'm debating whether that should count as a belated Friday entry or an early Tuesday one.’
    • ‘After today's game Duff plans to enjoy a belated birthday meal back in Aberdeen with his parents and girlfriend.’
    • ‘Kris and I went over to my parents' house last night for a belated birthday party for my sister.’
    • ‘Wishing you and your family a belated Christmas and an early Happy New Year’
    • ‘A belated thank you for paying for this year's school fireworks display.’
    • ‘She is married to Anthony and her children, family and friends, wish her a belated happy birthday.’
    late, overdue, behindhand, behind time, not on time, behind schedule, delayed, running late, tardy, unpunctual
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Early 17th century (in the sense ‘overtaken by darkness’): past participle of obsolete belate ‘delay’(see be-, late).