lat·​er | \ˈlā-tər \

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

The carrier, or what was left of it, anyway, was later towed out of the drydock to a nearby shipyard, the 35th Repair Plant. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia’s Hard-Luck Carrier Damaged in Shipyard Accident," 30 Oct. 2018 This deal is only expected to last for a day or two, according to Scott's Cheap Flights, who shared the deal, so jump on it sooner rather than later. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flight Deal: Mainland U.S. to Puerto Rico From $177 Round-Trip," 16 Oct. 2018 The baby’s body was later found inside a well, the BBC reports. Fox News, "'Baby snatcher' monkey hunted after infant found dead in well," 2 Oct. 2018 Microsoft later re-released the update to members of its Insider program for testing. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft re-releases the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, admitting its testing needs to improve," 13 Nov. 2018 The president and first lady later went to a hospital to visit with survivors. Allen G. Breed, The Seattle Times, "Mourning and protests as Pittsburgh begins victims’ burials," 31 Oct. 2018 In the 9-second video, which was first posted to Instagram and later went viral on Twitter, a girl can be seen laying with her face down in the grass. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Viral Video Shows Coral Springs Police Officers Hitting 14-Year-Old Girl They Claim Was “Resisting Arrest”," 21 Oct. 2018 About 45 minutes later, Amber Radney called her father-in-law and learned Sarah was gone. Kate Brumback, Fox News, "Georgia girl, 11, dies as Michael hurls debris through roof," 12 Oct. 2018 And when another vibe sent her to New York, everything that would later become Queen began to flow. Andrea Park, Allure, "Nicki Minaj Opens Up About Her Experiences With Domestic Violence," 4 Oct. 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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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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a knickknack or trinket

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