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later adj
1 coming at a subsequent time or stage; "the future president entered college at the age of 16"; "awaiting future actions on the bill"; "later developments"; "without ulterior argument" [syn: future(a), later(a), ulterior]
2 at or toward an end or late period or stage of development; "the late phase of feudalism"; "a later symptom of the disease"; "later medical science could have saved the child" [syn: late, later(a)] [ant: early] adv
1 happening at a time subsequent to a reference time; "he apologized subsequently"; "he's going to the store but he'll be back here later"; "it didn't happen until afterward"; "two hours after that" [syn: subsequently, afterwards, afterward, after, later on]
2 at some eventual time in the future; "By and by he'll understand"; "I'll see you later" [syn: by and by]
3 comparative of the adverb `late'; "he stayed later than you did"

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late + -er


  1. The of the adverb late; more late.
    You came in late yesterday and today you came in even later.
  2. Afterward in time (used with than when comparing with another time).
    My roommate arrived first. I arrived later.
    I arrived later than my roommate.
  3. At some unspecified time in the future.
    I wanted to do it now, but I'll have to do it later.


more late
afterward in time
at some unspecified time in the future


  1. comparative of late More late.
    Jim was later than John.
  2. Coming afterward in time (used with than when comparing with another time).
    The Victorian era is a later period of English history than the Elizabethan era.
  3. At some time in the future.
    The meeting was adjourned to a later date.


more late
coming afterward in time
at some time in the future
  • Finnish: myöhempi
  • Polish: późniejszy
  • Portuguese: mais tarde


  1. See you later; goodbye.
    Later, dude.


see you later
  • Dutch: later
  • Finnish: nähdään, katsellaan myöhemmin
  • French: à plus
  • Icelandic: heyrumst, sjáumst
  • Polish: nara
  • Portuguese: até mais (Brazil), falou (Brazil)



later, latere
  1. later ()



  1. brick, tile

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