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German - English (British) translations for "spät"

"spät" German translation




Spät is a German adjective that means late or tardy.

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Meaning: late (in terms of time)

Ich komme spät nach Hause.

I come home late.

Meaning: late (in terms of being behind schedule)

Der Zug ist spät dran.

The train is running late.

Meaning: late (in terms of being deceased)

Er ist zu spät gestorben, um das zu sehen.

He died too late to see that.

Meaning: late (in terms of being outdated)

Das ist ein spätes Modell.

That is a late model.

Meaning: late (in terms of being at the end of a series)

Sie hat den letzten Platz im Rennen belegt und ist somit Letzte geworden.

She took the last place in the race and thus became the last one.


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A1: Ich bin spät zur Arbeit gekommen.

A1: I arrived late to work.

A1: Er geht immer spät ins Bett.

A1: He always goes to bed late.

A1: Sie hat einen späten Termin beim Arzt.

A1: She has a late appointment with the doctor.

B1: Die Veranstaltung beginnt später als geplant.

B1: The event starts later than planned.

B1: Wir haben gestern bis spät in die Nacht gefeiert.

B1: We partied until late at night yesterday.

B1: Es ist schon spät, wir sollten langsam nach Hause gehen.

B1: It's already late, we should start going home soon.

C1: Er hatte eine späte Karriere als Schauspieler.

C1: He had a late career as an actor.

C1: Das Buch wurde erst spät von der Kritik gewürdigt.

C1: The book was only appreciated by the critics later on.

C1: Der späte Nachmittag ist meine produktivste Zeit.

C1: Late afternoon is my most productive time.

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In German, spät is commonly used to refer to something that occurs after the expected or desired time. For example, if someone arrives at a meeting after it has already started, they could be described as spät. Similarly, if a package is delivered later than expected, it could also be referred to as spät.

The word spät can also be used in a more abstract sense to describe something that is occurring later than it should. For instance, if a person begins pursuing their dream career later in life, they might be said to have started spät. In this context, spät can carry a connotation of regret or missed opportunities.

It's worth noting that spät is not always negative. In some cases, it can simply refer to something that happens later than usual without any particular judgment attached. For example, if a restaurant stays open late into the night, it could be described as having späte Öffnungszeiten (late opening hours).

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