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

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

According to Psychological Medicine, there's absolutely no link to owning cats and psychosis later in life—and there's even more research proving that cats are actually beneficial to several parts of our health. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "According to Research, Being a Cat Lady is Actually Good For You," 15 May 2019 Less than 24 hours later, a makeup-free James responded to Tati’s video with an eight-minute apology video. Asia Milia Ware, Teen Vogue, "James Charles Has Lost 3 Million YouTube Subscribers Because of His Feud With Tati Westbrook," 14 May 2019 According to Stars and Stripes, pieces of the plane’s left and right rudders were found two hours later. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Ends Search for Missing F-35 Fighter Jet," 10 May 2019 The storm intensified rapidly, going from a Category 1 on the morning of Oct. 8 to a Category 5 at landfall just over 48 hours later. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Scientists Upgrade October’s Hurricane Michael to Category 5 Storm," 19 Apr. 2019 Bloom officially popped the question on Valentine's Day, and the couple shared the happy news just hours later. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Katy Perry's Engagement Ring From Orlando Bloom," 15 Feb. 2019 In fact, the large size of the dress ended up causing a little problem for Lana later in the night. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Lana Condor's 2019 Met Gala Dress Was So Big She Lost Her Phone In It," 7 May 2019 Things got a little more confusing later in the show. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Wait, Why Did Kelly Clarkson Throw Shade at Paula Abdul During the Billboard Music Awards?," 2 May 2019 Relax and organize your thoughts before springing into action later in the month. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What May’s Pisces Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Apr. 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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English Language Learners Definition of later

: at a time in the future : at a time following an earlier time

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