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Definition of later

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: at some time subsequent to a given time : subsequently, afterward one week later they later regretted the decision often used with on experience that will be useful later on

Definition of -later (Entry 2 of 2)

: worshipper bibliolater

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Synonyms & Antonyms for later

Synonyms: Adverb

after, afterward (or afterwards), latterly, subsequently, thereafter

Antonyms: Adverb

afore [chiefly dialect], ahead, antecedently, anteriorly, before, beforehand, earlier, previously

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Examples of later in a Sentence


I'll talk to you again later. They later regretted the decision. She returned several weeks later. I saw him again later that morning.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

In recent years, the company has saved such announcements for a separate event later in the fall, but Apple instead debuted a new version of its entry-level tablet this morning. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Surprise! Apple unveils its 7th-gen iPad with a 10.2-inch display," 10 Sep. 2019 More than 15 years later, this approach to law enforcement happily seems far-fetched. Wired, "Do Our Faces Deserve the Same Protection as Our Phones?," 10 Sep. 2019 Still, both teams should easily make the playoffs and may face each other again later in the year. Chris Wassel, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots odds, picks and best bets [UPDATED]," 8 Sep. 2019 Patchell said that Hagopian had an X-ray taken later in the day, and there was no fracture for the sophomore setter. Andrew Turner, Daily Pilot, "Laguna Beach girls’ volleyball reaches semifinals of Dave Mohs Tournament," 7 Sep. 2019 Four plays, later La Cañada scored the first points after halftime when Viewpoint’s snap back to the punter sailed out of the end zone for a safety. Nathan Cambridge, La Cañada Valley Sun, "La Cañada football improves to 3-0 with victory against Viewpoint," 6 Sep. 2019 The two sides had a good phone call and will try to make real progress, a spokesman told reporters later on Thursday in Beijing. Josh Wingrove, Fortune, "China and the U.S. Have Agreed on the First Face-to-Face Trade Talks Since July. No One Expects a Breakthrough," 5 Sep. 2019 As Foster would later tell her, Mills visibly paled. K.j. Yossman, Marie Claire, "Inside the Cutthroat World of Royal Gossips," 5 Sep. 2019 Much of the film turned out to be unusable and later, a fire destroyed more sets and props. Katherine Yamada, Glendale News-Press, "Verdugo Views: Charlie Chaplin’s time filming ‘The Circus’ had comedic moments of its own," 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of later


13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for later


see late entry 1

Noun combining form

French -latre, from Late Latin -latres, from Greek -latrēs; akin to Greek latron pay

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The first known use of later was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of later

: at a time in the future : at a time following an earlier time

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