adjective, lat·er or lat·ter, lat·est or last.
adverb, lat·er, lat·est.
Origin of late
Synonyms for late
Related Words for laternext, again, subsequently, afterward, thereafter, after, ensuing, following, posterior, proximate, subsequent, ulterior, downstream, succeeding, behind, latterly, infra
Examples from the Web for later
Contemporary Examples of later
It was seen by a small delegation of star-struck prelates and dignitaries who later described the film as “moving.”Pope Francis Has the Pleasure of Meeting Angelina Jolie for a Few Seconds
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 8, 2015
Their bodies were later found incinerated and buried in mass graves outside of town.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
January 6, 2015
He later accepted a plea deal that put him behind bars for 25 years.
This was later repurposed in Europe as an explanation for racial superiority, and the term “Aryan” came to define a white race.The Himalayas’ Hidden Aryans
January 3, 2015
Many hold classes in their living rooms, asking students to help re-arrange and then later put back furniture.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread
January 2, 2015
Historical Examples of later
Later he involved himself in explanations that were both obscure and conflicting.
Perhaps my father might have put that in a bottle also at a later date.Brave and Bold
"They needn't wait another day for me," Percival told him later.
But if I join to you, I'll have to meet him sooner or later.Way of the Lawless
"I'll see you later," said Grace, as they paused for a moment in front of Vinton's.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
- at a late or advanced stage
- too late
Word Origin for late
comparative of late. Meaning "farewell" is from 1954, U.S. slang, short for see you later.
Old English læt "occurring after the customary or expected time," originally "slow, sluggish," from Proto-Germanic *lata- (cf. Old Norse latr "sluggish, lazy," Middle Dutch, Old Saxon lat, German laß "idle, weary," Gothic lats "weary, sluggish, lazy," latjan "to hinder"), from PIE *led- "slow, weary" (cf. Latin lassus "faint, weary, languid, exhausted," Greek ledein "to be weary"), from root *le- "to let go, slacken" (see let (v.)).
The sense of "deceased" (as in the late Mrs. Smith) is from late 15c., from an adverbial sense of "recently." Of women's menstrual periods, attested colloquially from 1962. Related: Lateness. As an adverb, from Old English late.
In addition to the idiom beginning with later
- later on
- sooner or later
Also see underlate.
In addition to the idioms beginning with late
- late in life
- late in the day
- at the latest
- better late than never
- keep late hours
- of late
- the latest
- too little, too late
Also see underlater.