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Definition of belated adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

belated

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//bɪˈleɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈleɪtɪd//
 
 
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coming or happening late a belated birthday present the government’s belated response to the report on nursery education This increase in funding suggests a belated acknowledgement of the project’s value. Word Origin early 17th cent. (in the sense ‘overtaken by darkness’): past participle of obsolete belate ‘delay’ (see be-, late).
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