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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The city later said, however, that the remains had not been destroyed and had been found at the medical examiner's office. CBS News, 4 Aug. 2022 The voices coming out of Dad’s transistor radio were Russ Hodges, Lon Simmons and, later, Hank Greenwald. Sporting Green Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Aug. 2022 Meléndez Rey and Medrano were its two founding scientists; Galnares joined from the French utility company Engie, which provided seed funding and was later part of the consortium that invested alongside Breakthrough Energy Ventures. Ian Mount, Fortune, 2 Aug. 2022 Anderson was later able to receive her prescription at a different pharmacy. Vanessa Etienne,, 2 Aug. 2022 Rodriguez later said the strategy worked; the trio wound up on a local Spanish-language station. Rachel Uranga, Los Angeles Times, 2 Aug. 2022 There will be time to talk about Bronny’s future later, James said. New York Times, 30 July 2022 Kyrylenko later said one person was killed and five injured in Russian rocket strike on the city of Kramatorsk on Friday. Susie Blann, Anchorage Daily News, 29 July 2022 The Pentagon later said the unknown radar blips were false images caused by temperature inversion. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 July 2022 See More

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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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“Later.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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