A belated action happens later than it should have done. [FORMAL]

...the government's belated attempts to alleviate the plight of the poor.

...a belated birthday present.

Derived words:
belatedly ADV-GRADED ADV with v

The leaders realized belatedly that the coup would be disastrous for everyone.

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  • Belated — Be*lat ed, a. Delayed beyond the usual time; too late; overtaken by night; benighted. Some belated peasant. Milton. {Be*lat ed*ness}, n. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • belated — index back (in arrears), dilatory, late (tardy), overdue Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • belated — 1610s, overtaken by night, pp. adj. from belate to make late, detain, from BE (Cf. be ) + LATE (Cf. late). Sense of coming past due, behind date is from 1660s. Related: Belatedly …   Etymology dictionary

  • belated — [adj] late, slow behindhand, behind time, delayed, long delayed, overdue, remiss, tardy, unpunctual; concept 820 Ant. early, on time, punctual, timely …   New thesaurus

  • belated — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ coming late or too late. DERIVATIVES belatedly adverb belatedness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • belated — [bē lāt′id, bilāt′id] adj. [ BE + LAT(E) + ED] late or too late; tardy belatedly adv. belatedness n …   English World dictionary

  • belated — be|lat|ed [bıˈleıtıd] adj happening or arriving late ▪ a belated attempt to increase support belated recognition/realization/acknowledgement ▪ The statement was a belated acknowledgement that the project had not been a success. ▪ a belated… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • belated — belatedly, adv. belatedness, n. /bi lay tid/, adj. 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 …   Universalium

  • belated — be|lat|ed [ bı leıtəd ] adjective usually before noun happening late: a belated apology a. arriving late: a belated birthday card …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • belated — UK [bɪˈleɪtɪd] / US [bɪˈleɪtəd] adjective [usually before noun] a) happening late a belated apology b) arriving late a belated birthday card …   English dictionary

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