later

[ lei-ter ]
/ ˈlɛɪ tər /

adjective

a comparative of late:Her later years were not happy.

adverb

a comparative of late: The meeting ran later than we expected.
afterward, subsequently, or at a time in the future (sometimes followed by on): She later said she was sorry. I'll see you later. Let's decide about this later on.

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Definition for later (2 of 2)

late
[ leyt ]
/ leɪt /

adjective, lat·er or lat·ter, lat·est or last.

adverb, lat·er, lat·est.

Origin of late

before 900; Middle English; Old English læt slow, late; cognate with German lass slothful, Old Norse latr, Gothic lats slow, lazy, Latin lassus tired

OTHER WORDS FROM late

late·ness, nouno·ver·late, adjectiveo·ver·late·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH late

former later latter
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British Dictionary definitions for later (1 of 2)

later
/ (ˈleɪtə) /

adjective, adverb

the comparative of late

adverb

afterwards; subsequently
see you later an expression of farewell
sooner or later eventually; inevitably

British Dictionary definitions for later (2 of 2)

late
/ (leɪt) /

adjective

adverb

Derived forms of late

lateness, noun

Word Origin for late

Old English læt; related to Old Norse latr, Gothic lats

usage for late

Since late can mean deceased, many people think it is better to avoid using this word to refer to the person who held a post or position before its present holder: the previous (not the late) editor of The Times
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Idioms and Phrases with later (1 of 2)

later

Idioms and Phrases with later (2 of 2)

late

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