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Meaning & Definition of Later in English

English

Later

/letər/

adjective

1. Coming at a subsequent time or stage

  • "Without ulterior argument"
  • "The mood posterior to"
    synonym:
  • later(a)
  • ,
  • ulterior
  • ,
  • posterior

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"
    synonym:
  • late
  • ,
  • later(a)

adverb

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"
    synonym:
  • subsequently
  • ,
  • later
  • ,
  • afterwards
  • ,
  • afterward
  • ,
  • after
  • ,
  • later on

2. At some eventual time in the future

  • "By and by he'll understand"
  • "I'll see you later"
    synonym:
  • by and by
  • ,
  • later

3. Comparative of the adverb `late'

  • "He stayed later than you did"
    synonym:
  • later

Examples of using

We will all die, sooner or later.
I'll tell you later.
She died less then a year later.