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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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In the alternative, save this step for later, before the next use (or before your next dinner party). Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need to Know About Caring for Tabletop Accessories," 11 Feb. 2019 These samples are tested and sent to a lab, with the results later added to the 5 Gyres Institute global database, an organization that engages citizens to monitor plastic marine pollution. Tyler Wetherall, Condé Nast Traveler, "The All-Women Sailing Crew Trying to Save the Ocean of Plastic," 27 Nov. 2018 He was always made to look a little ridiculous—suddenly bailing on his wedding in the first movie (spoiler alert), only to change his mind five minutes later—but this would have been a new low. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "'Sex and the City 3' Was Planning to Kill Off a Major Character," 20 Nov. 2018 The event’s chair would also help a Met Opera soprano, Nadine Sierra, get dressed, sourcing her a floaty Vera Wang frock that was nearly as lovely as her performance of Romeo et Juliette later in the night. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Opera Divas and Debutantes: Inside the 64th Annual Viennese Opera Ball," 5 Feb. 2019 The robot mowers will be available in the U.S. in 2020, following an invitation-only beta launch later in 2019. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "The Company Behind Roomba Is Making a Robot Lawn Mower," 1 Feb. 2019 After teasing fans about a cover art reveal later in the week, Ari decided to give her fans a gift and released the cover art early. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About Ariana Grande's New Album, "Thank U, Next"," 23 Jan. 2019 And later in the evening, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend the premiere of Cirque du Soleil's Totem at Royal Albert Hall. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Chose a Gorgeous Oscar de la Renta Suit for Her Visit to the Royal Opera House," 16 Jan. 2019 That company was later confirmed to be—surprise!—Waymo. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "The good, the bad, and the ugly of self-driving cars in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of later

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

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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