See also: låt

Afrikaans edit

Pronunciation edit

Etymology 1 edit

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

Verb edit

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 2 edit

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

Adjective edit

laat (attributive later, comparative laaste, superlative laatste)

  1. late (not early)

Dutch edit

Pronunciation edit

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

Etymology 1 edit

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

Adjective edit

laat (comparative later, superlative laatst)

  1. late (not early)
    Synonym: spade
    Antonym: vroeg
    Hij kwam laat thuis van het werk.
    He came home late from work.
    De bus was laat, dus misten we bijna de afspraak.
    The bus was late, so we almost missed the appointment.
    Hij leverde zijn opdracht laat in en verloor punten.
    He submitted his assignment late and lost points.
    Het is toch te laat.
    It's too late.
    't Is al laat geworden.
    It's gotten late already.
    Ze komt altijd laat aan.
    She always arrives late.
  2. tardy
    De leerling was laat voor de les en moest zich verontschuldigen.
    The student was tardy for the class and had to apologize.
    Ze werd op school vaak bestraft voor laat komen.
    She was often punished at school for being tardy.
Inflection edit
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 terms edit
Descendants edit
  • Afrikaans: laat
  • Berbice Creole Dutch: lati
  • Jersey Dutch: lât
  • Negerhollands: laat, laet
  • Caribbean Javanese: lat, lati
  • Papiamentu: lat, laat
  • Sranan Tongo: lati

Etymology 2 edit

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Verb edit


  1. inflection of laten:
    1. first/second/third-person singular present indicative
    2. imperative

Etymology 3 edit

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

Noun edit

laat m (plural laten, diminutive laatje n)

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

Anagrams edit

German Low German edit

Etymology edit

From Middle Low German and Old Saxon lat, from Proto-West Germanic *lat.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /laːt/, /lɔːt/, /lɒːt/

Adjective edit

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

  1. late, tardy

Declension edit