Translation of late in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /leɪt//leɪt/


  • 1

    (after correct, scheduled time)
    she apologized for the late start of the show pidió disculpas por el retraso con el que comenzó el espectáculo
    • the late arrival/departure of the train el retraso en la llegada/salida del tren
    • late applications will not be accepted no se aceptarán las solicitudes que lleguen fuera de plazo / con retraso
    • to be late
    • I'm sorry I'm late perdón por llegar tarde
    • I was late (in) getting there llegué tarde
    • you're five minutes late! ¡llegas cinco minutos tarde!
    • the baby was two weeks late el niño nació con dos semanas de retraso
    • the train was/will be one hour late el tren llegó/llegará con una hora de retraso
    • the train was already one hour late el tren ya llevaba una hora de retraso
    • to make sth/sb late
    • she made me late for my class me hizo llegar tarde a clase
    • the accident made the train late el accidente hizo que el tren se retrasara
    • to be late for / with sth
    • you'll be late for work/the train vas a llegar tarde al trabajo/perder el tren
    • I'm late with the rent estoy atrasado con el alquiler
    • you're rather late with your apologies es un poco tarde para pedir disculpas
  • 2

    • 2.1(after usual time)

      I had a late breakfast desayuné tarde
      • spring is late this year la primavera se ha atrasado este año
      • Easter is late this year (la) Pascua cae tarde este año
      • late opening Thursdays till 8 pm jueves abierto hasta las 8 de la noche

    • 2.2(plant)

      (chrysanthemums/potatoes) tardío
      late developer / bloomer planta de flor tardía feminine
      • he was a late developer (intellectually) maduró tarde
      • Remove late flowers on peppers and eggplant to send more energy into the ripening fruit.
      • The white currant is White transparent, again a late flowering variety.
      • Acidantheras have a wonderful scent and are excellent for late flowering.
      • While in pruning mode, cut late flowering clematis hard back to a low pair of fat buds.

  • 3

    • 3.1(far on in time)

      hurry up, it's late apúrate, que es tarde Latin America
      • it's late: we'd better go to bed ya es tarde: mejor nos acostamos
      • is it that late already? ¿ya es tan tarde?
      • it's getting late se está haciendo tarde
      • would Thursday be too late for you? ¿te parecería muy tarde el jueves?
      • it's too late to say you're sorry now ya es demasiado tarde para pedir perdón
      • it's a little late in the day / in the game to change your mind es un poco tarde para cambiar de idea
      • 45 is late for a woman to have a baby a los 45 años ya se es bastante mayor para tener un niño

    • 3.2

      (bus/shift) último
      the late film la película de la noche
      • Fridays, late show los viernes, sesión de trasnoche
      • at this late hour a estas horas
      • to keep late hours trasnochar
      • at this late stage a estas alturas
      • it was a late marriage se casaron ya mayores
      • VBM was a late entrant into the computer field VBM entró tarde en el campo de la informática
      • they scored a late equalizer marcaron el tanto del empate en los últimos minutos del partido
      • we got there late morning/afternoon llegamos tarde por la mañana/de tardecita
      • in late April/summer a finales / fines de abril/del verano
      • the late 1950s el final de la década del cincuenta
      • the late Middle Ages la baja Edad Media
      • she must be in her late forties tendrá cuarenta años largos
      • late Picasso el Picasso de la última época
      • Late Gothic gótico tardío
      • Anyways, I showed up a few minutes late for the competition and missed the first two teams' routines.
      • And the six-year-old company spent the late 1990s developing software to connect Internet applications.
      • Sometimes it makes me late for class, and sometimes I make excuses to stay in.
      • Second of all, it comes so late in the game.
      • Arriving nearly an hour late for a scheduled meeting, she smiles and goes directly for the photo session.
      • Mick was in his late fifties and is sadly missed by his wife Joan, brothers and sisters and a large circle of friends.
      • But she says buses regularly fail to show up leaving her late for work.
      • Two late goals gave Crewe their first win since the opening day of the season as they beat Luton 3-1.
      • Her plight is merely a bureaucratic blunder but she has left it too late to save the day.
      • As the baby-boomers enter their mid to late fifties the issue of how we care for the aged is never far from the news headlines.
      • Although, I'm sure Shawna was often fashionably late to her classes just like all of her popular friends.
      • It seemed fitting fare for a late breakfast on a day you're giving to yourself.
      • There was a closed-door session for about an hour, and then one of the jurors was late for court.
      • On the 25th December after a late, and simple breakfast, we walked along the beach and back into the palm groves.
      • She had been asking for more breaks in the past week, and often coming in late for her shift.
      • I had arrived quite late in the day when dusk was falling.
      • Well - as always, Ann was late, I swear that girl will be late for her own funeral.
      • The narrative halts for a paragraph to depict the dreary marsh landscape on a late winter afternoon.
      • Make-up and jewellery are worn openly and pupils are late for school ‘with impunity’.
      • I left my phone number and drove back to school, by now late for my rehearsal.
      • Allie was in her early twenties, young very pretty and I was in my late forties.
      • But there were others who were late for meetings and getting quite angry.
      • The advancement of a counterclaim at this late stage did give me some concern.
      • It looked all over at that stage for the home team but they fought back admirably and got two late goals, one from the penalty spot.
      • The Dublin band were late for the soundcheck, but their crew said to go ahead and set up and everything would be okay.
      • I rushed home, practically a half-hour late for work already.
      • It results in missing hospital appointments or being late for appointments because there are no useable parking spaces.
      • Depending on the weather, Phil provides 25-40 gallons per tree per week late in the season.
      • I then looked at the clock to realize that I was an hour late for work!
      • Even Chelsey claiming to be late for something and dashing off would be better.
      • Management loved him, except for the fact that he was always a few minutes late for work.
      • But the other Sheffield side showed a bit of steel as they grabbed two late goals to guarantee the celebration had to be put on hold.
      • They taste the best because the Cabernet grapes ripen late in the season - in September or even October.
      • Fatima, in her late fifties, is a practising Muslim who prays and fasts but is not veiled.
      • She looked at her watch several times as she was getting worried that she would be late for an important meeting with a client.
      • I'd better hurry up, have my shower and get dressed or I'll be late for lunch.

  • 4

    • 4.1(deceased)

      difunto formal
      my late father mi difunto padre formal
      • She may be going to the Supreme Court to get some money from her late husband.
      • It's a tape of her and her late husband talking about his financial plans for her.
      • Bridget was a hard worker as was her late husband James and together they reared a family of four in very difficult times.
      • It was at a dance that she met her late husband, Bill, who she married in 1937.
      • The late King's grave is marked by an inscription in the floor and by a plaque, in the wall above, showing his head.
      • The late Mary is survived by her devoted husband, Paddy and her son, daughter and grandchildren.
      • If the late princess were still alive, however, she might have changed her mind about him.
      • I married my late husband when he was a widower after he retired and I accept that as a result I am not entitled to any pension from him.
      • He was husband of the late Kathleen and was a popular and prominent member of the local rural community.
      • This included her engagement ring given to her by her late husband.
      • After the inquest his widow Joan described her late husband as a ‘gentleman in every sense of the word’.
      • She was a devoted wife to her late husband Tom, and mother to her five children.
      • He was husband of the late Evelyn and was a popular and well liked member of the local rural community.
      • For her late husband, David, who died this summer, was one of the villagers who had previously rung the bell.
      • She said her husband's late sister had complained to the council on their behalf and they had understood something was going to be done.
      • This is the first time that Sheila, aged 46, has spoken publicly about her late husband.
      • I am sure, though, she will be comforted by the fact that her late husband touched the lives of so many in such a positive way.
      • Most of all, she said she draws to keep her late mother's and grandmother's spirit alive.
      • My naked face has been likened to a canvas by my late artist husband, and like a boiled egg by my own observation.
      • She and her late husband Jack, who died 20 years ago, took up bowls together.

    • 4.2(former)



  • 1

    (after correct, scheduled time)
    (arrive/leave/answer) tarde
    the trains are running 20 minutes late los trenes llevan 20 minutos de retraso
    • better late than never más vale tarde que nunca
  • 2

    (after usual time)
    (work/sleep) hasta tarde
    (mature/bloom) tarde
    (bloom/mature) más tarde de lo normal
    I'll be home late today hoy llegaré tarde (a casa)
    • the shops close late on Thursdays las tiendas cierran tarde los jueves
  • 3

    (far on in time)
    he married late se casó mayor / tarde
    • don't leave it too late no lo dejes para muy tarde
    • the show doesn't start till late el espectáculo empieza tarde
    • we stayed up late nos quedamos levantados / no nos acostamos hasta tarde
    • late at night bien entrada la noche
    • late into the night hasta muy entrada la noche
  • 4

    (toward end of period)
    late in the morning/afternoon a última hora de la mañana/tarde
    • late in the week a finales de la semana
    • it was not until late in the century/in her career that … no fue sino hacia finales de siglo/los últimos años de su carrera que …
  • 5

    as late as the thirteenth century/the 1950s aún en el siglo trece/los años 50
  • 6

    of late en los últimos tiempos
  • 7humorous, formal

    Hubert Harvey, late of Wilton Street, Chelsea Hubert Harvey, domiciliado antiguamente en Wilton Street, Chelsea