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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 onexperience 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 Moments later, the man reveals the water has made its way through the very large heat extraction vents into the engine compartment. Eric Tingwall, Car and Driver, "No, the Chevrolet Corvette Does Not Have a Water-Leak Problem," 25 Mar. 2020 Weeks later, Carroll's fears were realized: A caseworker from the Kentucky Child Protection Branch arrived at Carroll's St. Matthew's doorstep., "JCPS is pulling hundreds of kids from class for psych evaluations and threatening parents," 25 Mar. 2020 The Games will take place no later than the summer of 2021, Abe said. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Olympics officially postponed due to coronavirus," 24 Mar. 2020 That, of course, is only speculation, but some experts do expect antibody tests to become available sooner than later. TheWeek, "Coronavirus lockdowns have European governments searching for a 'credible exit strategy'," 23 Mar. 2020 And given Roethlisberger’s physical style on top of the general quarterback injury risk, the chance for Winston to play could come sooner rather than later. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Jameis Winston's options are dwindling, but QB could revive career as backup on Steelers," 20 Mar. 2020 But the Imperial College study shows that, even if the first surge is dealt with by such extensive lockdowns and social-distancing measures, another outbreak can be expected later in the year. The Economist, "The week in charts The lockdown goes viral," 20 Mar. 2020 Her partially nude body was found four hours later in an empty lot by a family taking their dog to the emergency vet. CBS News, "Florida man arrested in 1985 killing of young mother after DNA found on cigarette," 20 Mar. 2020 In 2007, around 700 trainees were put on bed rest, with one later dying at Wilford Hall Medical Center, during an outbreak of adenovirus. Sig Christenson,, "New Air Force training routine: COVID-19 quarantine in San Antonio," 19 Mar. 2020

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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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“Later.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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