Having been delayed; done or sent too late: a belated birthday card. (adjective)
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Use "belated" in a sentence
"There is doubt, though, about a medal Cotta received nearly three years ago in belated recognition of his heroism, the Distinguished"
"Slept and read, bought groceries, hot tub, finally scraping together enough energy to cook some Indian food in belated recognition of my wife's birthday."
"Byron later snags one of the Mormons, who is wallowing in belated guilt for his romp in the land of alternative lifestyles, and stuff him with an LSD-laced hot dog."