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lat·​er ˈlā-tər How to pronounce later (audio)
: 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


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noun combining form

: worshipper

Examples of later in a Sentence

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



see late entry 1

Noun combining form

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

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Later.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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