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

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

Antonyms: Adverb

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Last week the state Senate and House approved separate measures designed to address situations where patients lacked access to a minister or visits from family during last year’s COVID-19 restrictions and later died. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Coal miners, crawfish offer, full-capacity Opry: News from around our 50 states," 11 May 2021 The victim, whose name has not been released, later died. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Man, woman, teenage girl arrested on murder charges after fatal Mesquite shooting during fight," 11 May 2021 Officers arrived at the trailer home to find the six people dead and a man with serious injuries who died later at a hospital. James Anderson And Colleen Slevin,, "Boyfriend drove to birthday party and fatally shot woman and 5 others before killing himself, Colorado Springs police say," 10 May 2021 He was then shot by officers and taken into custody after refusing, the release said, and later died in the hospital. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "There were at least 9 mass shootings across the US this weekend," 10 May 2021 Officers arrived at a trailer to find six dead adults and a man with serious injuries who died later at a hospital, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported., "Man kills 6, then self, at Colorado birthday party shooting," 9 May 2021 The victim, who police have identified as 21-year-old Deangelo Amison, was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center with life-threatening injuries and later died. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, "Man arrested in fatal Millvale shooting that killed 21-year-old," 8 May 2021 The male employee collapsed at the warehouse and later died, according to Bloomberg. Howard Koplowitz |, al, "Bessemer Amazon employee dies Thursday after collapsing in warehouse," 8 May 2021 The third was a woman who was critically injured during the incidents and died hours later, police spokesperson Danielle J. Moore told NBC News in an email Saturday afternoon. Nicole Acevedo, NBC News, "Four dead after large fire and police shooting in Maryland," 8 May 2021

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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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14 May 2021

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“Later.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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