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Late, adj. 1) far in the day or night: “your l. business,” H8 V, 1, 13 (performed in time of night). Mostly in the predicate: “'tis very l.” Ven. 531. Rom. III, 3, 172. III, 4, 5. III, 4, 5 though it were l. in the night, Lucr. Arg. III, 4, 5 “was it so l.” Mcb. II, 3, 24. “it grows l.” H4B II, 4, 299. Rom. III, 3, 164. “it waxes l.” Rom. I, 5, 128. Comp. --r: “'tis --r,” Mcb. II, 1, 3.
2) coming or happening after due time; used only in the predicate and preceded by too: “be not too l.” Tp. IV, 133. Wiv. II, 2, 328. H8 I, 3, 65. V, 2, 1. “'tis too l.” Meas. II, 2, 55. LLL I, 1, 108. As II, 3, 74. All's V, 2, 31. John V, 7, 1. H6A IV, 4, 1. Hml. V, 2, 303. Oth. V, 2, 84.
Compar. --r == done subsequently: “thy --r vows against thy first,” John III, 1, 288. Superl. --st always == last; a) coming behind all the others: “to leave that --st which concerns him first,” Oth. I, 3, 28. b) next before the present: “the --st breath was deep-sworn faith,” John III, 1, 230. “the --st news,” R2 V, 6, 1. “apply thy --st words,” Troil. I, 3, 33. c) beyond which there is no more: “at the --st minute of the hour,” LLL V, 2, 797. “the very --st counsel that ever I shall breathe,” H4B IV, 5, 183. “the --st parle we admit,” H5 III, 3, 2. H6A IV, 2, 33. H6C II, 1, 108. V, 2, 41. Cor. V, 3, 11. Tit. I, 83. Tit. I, 83 Caes. V, 5, 67. “the --st of my wealth,” Tim. IV, 2, 23.
3) recent, lately happened: “a loss as great to me as l.” Tp. V, 145. “our l. edict,” LLL I, 1, 11. “their l. escape,” Wint. II, 1, 95. “the boisterous l. appeal,” R2 I, 1, 4. “your l. tossing on the seas,” III, 2, 3. “the l. commissioners,” H5 II, 2, 61 (lately appointed); cf. “the l. ambassadors,” II, 4, 31 (lately sent). “l. examples,” II, 4, 12. “the l. overthrow,” H6A I, 2, 49. III, 1, 189. H6B I, 1, 196. I, 3, 100. H6C II, 1, 118. IV, 4, 3. IV, 6, 92. R3 I, 3, 91. IV, 2, 87. H8 I, 3, 6. IV, 1, 27. IV, 1, 27 III, 1, 64. Mcb. I, 6, 19. Hml. II, 2, 347. Lr. I, 2, 112. IV, 5, 24. Of l. days == recently: “did you not of l. days hear a buzzing of a separation?” H8 II, 1, 147. “as, of l. days, our neighbours can dearly witness,” V, 3, 29.
4) that was, former: “brake off his l. intent,” Ven. 469. “Archbishop l. of Canterbury,” R2 II, 1, 282. “the king hath wasted all his rods on l. offenders,” H4B IV, 1, 216. “the l. queen,” H8 III, 2, 94. “the l. marriage made of no effect,” IV, 1, 33. “our l. noble master,” Tim. V, 1, 58. “thy l. master,” Cymb. III, 5, 125. Hence == deceased: “our l. king,” H4B IV, 1, 58. H6A I, 3, 24. II, 4, 91. Hml. I, 2, 19.
Of l. == 1) a short time ago, lately: “which of you saw Sir Eglamour of l.?” Gent. V, 2, 32. “who called here of l.?” Meas. IV, 2, 77. “meeting her of l. behind the wood,” Mids. IV, 1, 53. Err. I, 1, 5. Tw. II, 5, 180. H6A II, 5, 42. III, 2, 113. Cor. III, 1, 42. Tim. I, 1, 78. Mcb. I, 7, 32. Lr. II, 4, 40. Per. I, 4, 34. == just now: “you seemed of l. to make the law a tyrant,” Meas. II, 4, 114. “a mess of Russians left us but of l.” LLL V, 2, 361. “this ring was his of l.” All's V, 3, 227.
2) in the last time, since some time: “you have of l. stood out against your brother,” Ado I, 3, 22. “losses have of l. so huddled on his back,” Merch. IV, 1, 28. “of l. this duke hath ta'en displeasure,” As I, 2, 289. “disgraces have of l. knocked at my door,” All's IV, 1, 31. “she is spread of l.” Wint. II, 1, 19. “he is of l. much retired from court,” IV, 2, 36. “how insolent of l. he is become,” H6B III, 1, 7. “now of l. she washes bucks,” IV, 2, 50. H8 III, 2, 338. V, 1, 98. Troil. III, 3, 74. Troil. III, 3, 74 Cor. IV, 6, 11. Tim. IV, 3, 90. Caes. I, 2, 32. Caes. I, 2, 32 II, 1, 195. Hml. I, 3, 91. Hml. I, 3, 91 II, 1, 107. II, 2, 307. III, 2, 173. Lr. I, 4, 74. Lr. I, 4, 74 Lr. I, 4, 74 Cymb. III, 5, 52. IV, 2, 345.
3) formerly: “that was of l. an heretic,” Wiv. IV, 4, 9. “I was of l. as petty to his ends,” Ant. III, 12, 8. “of l., when I cried Ho! kings would start forth,” III, 13, 90.
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