See also: låt



Etymology 1Edit

From Dutch laten, from Middle Dutch laten, from Old Dutch lātan, from Proto-Germanic *lētaną.


laat (present laat, present participle latende, past participle gelaat)

  1. (auxiliary, with object) to cause to, to make; forms a causative phrase.
    Hy laat die bote vir die kus versamel.
    He makes the boats gather at the coast.
  2. (auxiliary, with (usually first-person) object) to let; forms a cohortative phrase.
    Laat ons dagga rook.
    Let′s smoke weed.
  3. (auxiliary, with object) to may, to let; forms a optative phrase.
    Laat daar lig wees.
    Let there be light.
  4. (copulative) to leave, to cause to remain in the same position or state
    Hulle laat hul geld vir die kos op die tafel.
    They leave their money for the food on the table.
  5. (auxiliary, with object) to let, to allow to
    Die burgemeester laat sy kinders 'n boomhuis bou.
    The mayor allows his children to build a treehouse.

Etymology 2Edit

From Dutch laat, from Middle Dutch laet, from Old Dutch *lat, from Proto-Germanic *lataz.


laat (attributive later, comparative laaste, superlative laatste)

  1. late (not early)



  • IPA(key): /laːt/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: laat
  • Rhymes: -aːt

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle Dutch laet, from Old Dutch *lat, from Proto-Germanic *lataz.


laat (comparative later, superlative laatst)

  1. late (not early)
    Het is toch te laat.
    It's too late.
    't Is al laat geworden.
    It's gotten late already.
  2. tardy
    Ze komt altijd laat aan.
    She always arrives late.
Inflection of laat
uninflected laat
inflected late
comparative later
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial laat later het laatst
het laatste
indefinite m./f. sing. late latere laatste
n. sing. laat later laatste
plural late latere laatste
definite late latere laatste
partitive laats laters
Derived termsEdit
  • Afrikaans: laat

Etymology 2Edit

See the etymology of the main entry.



  1. first-, second- and third-person singular present indicative of laten
  2. imperative of laten

Etymology 3Edit

From Middle Dutch laet, from Old Dutch *lāt, from Proto-Germanic *lētaz.


laat m (plural laten, diminutive laatje n)

  1. (historical) serf
    Synonyms: halfvrije, horige
Derived termsEdit


German Low GermanEdit


From Old Saxon lat, from Proto-Germanic *lataz.


  • IPA(key): /laːt/, /lɔːt/, /lɒːt/


laat (comparative later or lätter, superlative laatst or lättst)

  1. late, tardy