late - lately

late - lately
'late'
Late is used as an adjective or an adverb.
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If you are late for something, you arrive after the time that was arranged.

I was ten minutes late for my appointment.

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You can also say that someone arrives late.

Etta arrived late.

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You do not say that someone arrives `lately'.
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For another meaning of late, see entry at ↑ former - late.
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'lately'
You use lately to say that something has been happening since a short time ago.

As you know, I've lately been dabbling in psychology.

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For more information about this use, see entry at ↑ recently - newly - lately.
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Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • lately - late — ◊ late Late is used as an adjective or an adverb. If you are late for something, you arrive after the time that was arranged. I was ten minutes late for my appointment. You can also say that someone arrives late. Etta arrived …   Useful english dictionary

  • late — [lāt] adj. later or latter, latest or last [ME < OE læt, slow, sluggish, tardy, akin to Du laat, Ger lass, slow, lazy < IE * lēid < base * lēi , to neglect, let go > LET1, L lassus, weak] 1. happening, coming, etc. after the usual,… …   English World dictionary

  • late — adj 1. tardy, behind, behind time or schedule, not on time, unpunctual; overdue, past due; slow, pro crastinative, procrastinatory, dilatory, delaying, cunc tation, cunctatory, Rare. cunctative. 2. prolonged, protracted, extended, drawn out,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • late — lateness, n. /layt/, adj., later or latter, latest or last, adv. later, latest. adj. 1. occurring, coming, or being after the usual or proper time: late frosts; a late spring …   Universalium

  • Late — Late, adv. [AS. late. See {Late}, a.] 1. After the usual or proper time, or the time appointed; after delay; as, he arrived late; opposed to {early}. [1913 Webster] 2. Not long ago; lately. [1913 Webster] 3. Far in the night, day, week, or other… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lately — O.E. lætlice slow, sluggish; see LATE (Cf. late) (adj.) + LY (Cf. ly) (2). Meaning within recent times is from late 15c., probably a new formation …   Etymology dictionary

  • Late Show with David Letterman — Format Talk show Variety show Created by David Lette …   Wikipedia

  • late|ly — «LAYT lee», adverb. a little while ago; not long ago; recently: »They visited Boston lately. He has not been looking well lately …   Useful english dictionary

  • Lately — Late ly, adv. Not long ago; recently; as, he has lately arrived from Italy. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lately — late|ly [ˈleıtli] adv recently ▪ What have you been doing lately? ▪ Lately, I ve had trouble sleeping …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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