1. coming or being after the customary, useful, or expected time: belated birthday greetings.
2. late, delayed, or detained: We started the meeting without the belated representative.
3. Archaic. obsolete; old-fashioned; out-of-date: a belated view of world politics.
4. Archaic. overtaken by darkness or night.
OTHER WORDS FROM BELATED
WORDS RELATED TO BELATED
overdue, tardy, delayed, remiss, behindhand, behind time, unpunctual
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Origin: 1610–20; belate to delay ( be- + late) + -ed
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR BELATED
Marrero—who only reached “The Show” as a belated 39-year-old rookie—always did possess an odd sense of timing.
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But could this invoking of the words of the Godfather of Soul be a belated effort to inflate these flat polling numbers?
WHY MITT ROMNEY’S USE OF JAMES BROWN ANNOYS BLACK VOTERS|MANSFIELD FRAZIER|AUGUST 31, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But there is a belated wake-up among conservatives opposed to cannibalization.
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Rick Santorum, the (belated) winner in Iowa, who had been battling Gingrich for that distinction, is the unambiguous loser.
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