Definition of better late than never in English:

better late than never


  • It is better to do something or arrive after the expected time than not do it or arrive at all:

    ‘it took them the majority of the campaign to come to that conclusion, but better late than never’
    • ‘The website seems to have been very lethargic today, so I gave up after a while and went off to do more productive things—ah well, better late than never.’
    • ‘Well, better late than never, for the timing of this exhibition.’
    • ‘Better late than never, the newspaper ran a good review of the book over the weekend.’
    • ‘After breakfast the boys go straight to work on math—better late than never, right?’
    • ‘The team have probably left such a move about five years too late, but it's better late than never.’