Definition of belated in US English:

belated

adjective

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

    ‘a belated apology’
    • ‘It was a belated birthday present from her family after Alice turned 100 in July.’
    • ‘She is married to Anthony and her children, family and friends, wish her a belated happy birthday.’
    • ‘Wishing you and your family a belated Christmas and an early Happy New Year’
    • ‘Kris and I went over to my parents' house last night for a belated birthday party for my sister.’
    • ‘I'm debating whether that should count as a belated Friday entry or an early Tuesday one.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Of course, apologies followed, and at five to three the belated ceremony was commenced to the relief of all concerned.’
    • ‘After today's game Duff plans to enjoy a belated birthday meal back in Aberdeen with his parents and girlfriend.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The city administration has made a belated response to the problem of urbanization.’
    • ‘The couple intend to take a belated honeymoon in South America before the fleet sets off on its next leg around Cape Horn.’
    • ‘Though belated, the announcement went down well with the workers both permanent and temporary.’
    • ‘Also a belated 81st birthday is extended to Maggie McGee from her family and friends.’
    • ‘In our case, not only were the condolences belated, but we also failed to offer concrete support.’
    • ‘The move is long overdue and it's mostly belated good news for shareholders.’
    • ‘There may be belated Christmas refreshments after the meeting and to welcome in the New Year.’
    • ‘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

/bəˈlādəd//bəˈleɪdəd/