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- simple past tense and past participle of belate
belated (comparative more belated, superlative most belated)
- Later in relation to the proper time something should have happened.
- Happy belated birthday!
- 2012 June 19, Phil McNulty, “England 1-0 Ukraine”, in BBC Sport:
- England manager Roy Hodgson instantly restored Rooney after a two-match suspension in place of Andy Carroll with orders to make a belated mark on the campaign after sitting out the draw against France and victory against Sweden.
- Lacking education or sophistication.
- 1895, Marie Corelli, The Sorrows of Satan, →OCLC, page 27:
- The devil drives the world, whip in hand, — and oddly enough (considering that some belated folk still fancy there is a God somewhere) succeeds in managing his team with extraordinary ease!
- (late): tardy, late, overdue
- (lacking sophistication): uneducated, unsophisticated, benighted, backward
later in relation to the proper time