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Late, adv. 1) far in the day or night: “to be down l.” Wiv. I, 4, 108. “to be up l.” Tw. II, 3, 5. “sat in the council-house early and l.” H6B I, 1, 91. H8 V, 1, 6. Troil. IV, 2, 55. Rom. III, 5, 67. Mcb. III, 6, 5. Mcb. III, 6, 5 Cymb. II, 3, 37. Per. II, 3, 113.
2) behind the due time: “bring thy news so l.” Cor. I, 6, 18. In all other passages preceded by “too:” Lucr. 1686. Pilgr. 313. Err. I, 2, 43. II, 2, 221. III, 1, 49. Merch. II, 8, 6. Shr. V, 1, 155. All's V, 3, 57. Wint. IV, 4, 238. R2 I, 3, 175. I, 4, 64. III, 2, 67. H6A IV, 4, 42. H8 II, 3, 84. IV, 2, 120. Cor. I, 6, 24. Tit. II, 3, 264. Rom. I, 4, 105. I, 5, 141. Tim. II, 2, 152. IV, 3, 519. V, 1, 45. Hml. V, 2, 379. Lr. II, 4, 279. Ant. IV, 14, 127. Ant. IV, 14, 127 With of: “you come too l. of our intents,” R3 III, 5, 69.
3) a short time ago, lately: “she leaps that was but l. forlorn,” Ven. 1026. “which she too early and too l. hath spilled,” Lucr. 1801. “which l. her noble suit in court did shun,” Compl. 234. “to abuse me, as l. I have been,” Tp. V, 113. “l. come from the See,” Meas. III, 2, 232. “l. deceased,” Mids. V, 53. “I was very l. more near her,” All's I, 3, 110. “was so very l.” Tw. I, 2, 30. “I saw thee l.” III, 1, 42. “but so l. ago,” V, 222. “that l. broke from the Duke of Exeter,” R2 II, 1, 281. H6A II, 5, 36. III, 1, 79. H6C II, 5, 93 (too l.).*III, 3, 63. R3 II, 2, 149. III, 1, 99 (too l.) Rom. III, 4, 24. V, 1, 38. Tim. II, 1, 1. Lr. I, 4, 226. II, 2, 123. III, 4, 173. III, 7, 42. III, 7, 42 Ant. IV, 1, 13. Cymb. I, 1, 6. Per. IV, 4, 13. == just now: “his eye, which l. this mutiny restrains,” Lucr. 426. “that l. complained her wrongs to us,” Lucr. 426 “the pardon that I l. pronounced here,” Merch. IV, 1, 392. “bubbles in a l. disturbed stream,” H4A II, 3, 62. H5 II, 2, 79. H6C III, 3, 148. Rom. III, 1, 131. Cymb. II, 2, 44.
4) formerly, else, once: “whereat the impartial gazer l. did wonder,” Ven. 748. “their virtue lost, wherein they l. excelled,” Ven. 748 “where l. to sweet birds sang,” Sonn. 73, 4. “where is the life that l. I led,” Shr. IV, 1, 143 and H4B V, 3, 146. “she, which l. was in my nobler thoughts most base, is now the praised of the king,” All's II, 3, 177. “who l. hath beat her husband, and now baits me,” Wint. II, 3, 91. “l. did he shine upon the English side,” H6A I, 2, 3. “whom you l. vanquished,” H6B IV, 8, 44. “a clout upon that head where l. the diadem stood,” Hml. II, 2, 530. “which l. on hopes depended,” Oth. I, 3, 203.
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