ETYM Latin defunctus, p. p. of defungi to acquit one's self of, to perform, finish, depart, die; de + fungi to perform, discharge: cf. French défunt. Related to Function.
Having ceased to exist or live.
1. Being or occurring at an advanced period of time or after a usual or expected time
2. At or toward an end or late period or stage of development; SYN. later.
3. Of the immediate past or just previous to the present time; SYN. recent.
4. Having died recently
5. (Linguistics) Of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages