Pronunciation: (bi-lā'tid), [key]
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 Archaic.obsolete; old-fashioned; out-of-date: a belated view of world politics.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.
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