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lateō (present infinitive latēre, perfect active latuī); second conjugation, no passive

  1. I am concealed or in hiding, lurk, skulk.
    Latet anguis in herbā. ― A snake hides in the grass.
    Sub nōmine pācis bellum latet. ― War lurks under the name of peace.
  2. I am hidden and in safety.
  3. I keep out of sight.
  4. I live in concealment; live retired.
  5. I escape notice, remain unknown.
    Bene quī latuit, bene vīxit. ― He who has well remained unknown has lived well.
  6. I am obscure or unknown, lie hidden.
    Id quā ratiōne cōnsecūtus sit latet. ― It is unknown how he obtained that.


   Conjugation of lateo (second conjugation, active only)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present lateō latēs latet latēmus latētis latent
imperfect latēbam latēbās latēbat latēbāmus latēbātis latēbant
future latēbō latēbis latēbit latēbimus latēbitis latēbunt
perfect latuī latuistī latuit latuimus latuistis latuērunt, latuēre
pluperfect latueram latuerās latuerat latuerāmus latuerātis latuerant
future perfect latuerō latueris latuerit latuerimus latueritis latuerint
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present lateam lateās lateat lateāmus lateātis lateant
imperfect latērem latērēs latēret latērēmus latērētis latērent
perfect latuerim latuerīs latuerit latuerīmus latuerītis latuerint
pluperfect latuissem latuissēs latuisset latuissēmus latuissētis latuissent
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present latē latēte
future latētō latētō latētōte latentō
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives latēre latuisse
participles latēns
verbal nouns gerund supine
nominative genitive dative/ablative accusative accusative ablative
latēre latendī latendō latendum

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  • lateo in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • lateo in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • Félix Gaffiot (1934), “lateo”, in Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book, London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (ambiguous) to be always at a person's side: ab alicuius latere non discedere
    • (ambiguous) to belong to the king's bodyguard: a latere regis esse
  • lateo in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700, pre-publication website, 2005-2016