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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

Years and many millions in sales later, Flamin’ Hot products are everywhere and Montañez is a vice president at the company. Lucas Kwan Peterson,, "The official spicy snack power rankings," 2 July 2019 The first display will begin a 9:07 p.m. behind the Lincoln Memorial and it will be followed 15 minutes later by fireworks from West Potomac Park. Washington Post, "Here’s how to navigate the July 4th festivities— and protests," 2 July 2019 Seventy-five years later, leaders on both sides of American politics are moving away from its lessons. Richard Hurowitz, Time, "What We Can Learn Today From a 1944 Meeting That Reshaped the Entire Global Economy," 1 July 2019 The storm caused an estimated $27 billion in damages and was the most expensive natural disaster until Hurricane Katina 13 years later, according to the NWS. Fox News, "Here are the deadliest and costliest hurricanes to hit the US mainland," 1 July 2019 More than 40 years later, Copeland retired last week as a top executive at KeyBank and a career of helping — conservatively — tens of thousands of people., "Retiring KeyBank Foundation CEO Margot Copeland leaves legacy of transformed lives in Cleveland, nationwide," 30 June 2019 More than two decades later, however, in 2015, the case was reopened. Ellen Barry,, "Peter Ball, Anglican bishop jailed for sex abuse, dies at 87," 30 June 2019 Through the ups and downs, the on-screen deaths and dramatic off-screen exits, Reid has remained the same fast-talking genius that fans of the series are still obsessed with years later. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Is Matthew Gray Gubler Coming Back for the 'Criminal Minds' Final Season?," 29 June 2019 Her husband, who later was founding chairman in 1964 and first president of Harford National Bank, died in 2001. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "Jane B. Viele, whose 18th-century Harford County home was a 'must see' on house and garden tours, dies," 29 June 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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