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1‘the train was one and a half hours late’
behind time, behind schedule, behind, behindhand
not on time, unpunctual, tardy, running late, overdue, long-overdue, delayed, long-delayed, belated
punctual, early, fast
2‘her late husband’
dead, deceased, departed, lamented, passed away, passed on, lost, expired, gone, extinct, perished
3‘he was Minister for Education in the late government’
previous, preceding, former, past, prior, earlier, as was, sometime, one-time, ex-, erstwhile, old, defunct, precedent, foregoing, no longer extant
1‘she had arrived late’
behind schedule, behind time, behindhand, unpunctually, belatedly, tardily, at the last minute, at the tail end
dilatorily, slowly, recently
2‘I was working late’
after hours, after office hours, overtime, past the usual closing time, past the usual finishing time, past the usual stopping time
3‘I won't have you staying out late’
late at night, till the early hours of the morning
informal till the wee small hours, till all hours
British informal until stupid o'clock
‘she'd been drinking too much of late’
recently, lately, latterly, in the past few days, in the last couple of weeks, in recent times
newly, freshly, not long ago
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