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 for of late
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Of \Of\ ([o^]v), prep. [AS. of of, from, off; akin to D. & OS.
     af, G. ab off, OHG. aba from, away, Icel., Dan., Sw., & Goth.
     af, L. ab, Gr. ?, Skr. apa. Cf. Off, A- (2), Ab-,
     After, Epi-.]
     In a general sense, from, or out from; proceeding from;
     belonging to; relating to; concerning; -- used in a variety
     of applications; as:
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     1. Denoting that from which anything proceeds; indicating
        origin, source, descent, and the like; as, he is of a race
        of kings; he is of noble blood.
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              That holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be
              called the Son of God.                --Luke i. 35.
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              I have received of the Lord that which also I
              delivered unto you.                   --1 Cor. xi.
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     2. Denoting possession or ownership, or the relation of
        subject to attribute; as, the apartment of the consul: the
        power of the king; a man of courage; the gate of heaven.
        "Poor of spirit."                           --Macaulay.
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     3. Denoting the material of which anything is composed, or
        that which it contains; as, a throne of gold; a sword of
        steel; a wreath of mist; a cup of water.
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     4. Denoting part of an aggregate or whole; belonging to a
        number or quantity mentioned; out of; from amongst; as, of
        this little he had some to spare; some of the mines were
        unproductive; most of the company.
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              It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not
              consumed.                             --Lam. iii.
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              It is a duty to communicate of those blessings we
              have received.                        --Franklin.
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     5. Denoting that by which a person or thing is actuated or
        impelled; also, the source of a purpose or action; due to;
        as, they went of their own will; no body can move of
        itself; he did it of necessity.
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              For it was of the Lord to harden their hearts.
                                                    --Josh. xi.
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     6. Denoting reference to a thing; about; concerning; relating
        to; as, to boast of one's achievements; they talked of
        many things.
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              Knew you of this fair work?           --Shak.
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     7. Denoting nearness or distance, either in space or time;
        from; as, within a league of the town; within an hour of
        the appointed time.
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     8. Denoting identity or equivalence; -- used with a name or
        appellation, and equivalent to the relation of apposition;
        as, the continent of America; the city of Rome; the Island
        of Cuba.
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     9. Denoting the agent, or person by whom, or thing by which,
        anything is, or is done; by.
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              And told to her of [by] some.         --Chaucer.
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              He taught in their synagogues, being glorified of
              all.                                  --Luke iv. 15.
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              [Jesus] being forty days tempted of the devil.
                                                    --Luke iv. 1,
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     Note: The use of the word in this sense, as applied to
           persons, is nearly obsolete.
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     10. Denoting relation to place or time; belonging to, or
         connected with; as, men of Athens; the people of the
         Middle Ages; in the days of Herod.
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     11. Denoting passage from one state to another; from. [Obs.]
         "O miserable of happy." --Milton.
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     12. During; in the course of.
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               Not be seen to wink of all the day.  --Shak.
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               My custom always of the afternoon.   --Shak.
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     Note: Of may be used in a subjective or an objective sense.
           "The love of God" may mean, our love for God, or God's
           love for us.
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     Note: From is the primary sense of this preposition; a sense
           retained in off, the same word differently written for
           distinction. But this radical sense disappears in most
           of its application; as, a man of genius; a man of rare
           endowments; a fossil of a red color, or of an hexagonal
           figure; he lost all hope of relief; an affair of the
           cabinet; he is a man of decayed fortune; what is the
           price of corn? In these and similar phrases, of denotes
           property or possession, or a relation of some sort
           involving connection. These applications, however all
           proceeded from the same primary sense. That which
           proceeds from, or is produced by, a person or thing,
           either has had, or still has, a close connection with
           the same; and hence the word was applied to cases of
           mere connection, not involving at all the idea of
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     Of consequence, of importance, value, or influence.
     Of late, recently; in time not long past.
     Of old, formerly; in time long past.
     Of one's self, by one's self; without help or prompting;
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              Why, knows not Montague, that of itself
              England is safe, if true within itself? --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Late \Late\, adv. [AS. late. See Late, a.]
     1. After the usual or proper time, or the time appointed;
        after delay; as, he arrived late; -- opposed to early.
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     2. Not long ago; lately.
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     3. Far in the night, day, week, or other particular period;
        as, to lie abed late; to sit up late at night.
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     Of late, in time not long past, or near the present;
        lately; as, the practice is of late uncommon.
     Too late, after the proper or available time; when the time
        or opportunity is past.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  of late
      adv 1: in the recent past; "he was in Paris recently"; "lately
             the rules have been enforced"; "as late as yesterday she
             was fine"; "feeling better of late"; "the spelling was
             first affected, but latterly the meaning also" [syn:
             recently, late, lately, of late, latterly]

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