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adj. Comparative of late.
adv. Comparative of late.
Subsequently; afterward. Often used with on: She arrived on the ferry, and he came later. He later felt that he was wrong. Later on, we watched a movie.
Informal Used to express goodbye.


adj, adv
the comparative of late
1. afterwards; subsequently
2. see you later an expression of farewell
3. sooner or later eventually; inevitably


(ˈleɪ tər)
adj., adv.
a compar. of late.


1. 'after'

After is usually a preposition. If something happens after a particular time or event, it happens during the period that follows that time or event.

Vineeta came in just after midnight.
We'll hear about everything after dinner.

You can say that someone does something after doing something else.

After leaving school he worked as an accountant.
After completing and signing the form, please return it to me.

Be Careful!
Don't say that someone is 'after' a particular age. You say that they are over that age.

She was well over fifty.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'after' to say that something is at the back of something else. The word you use is behind.

I've parked behind the school.
2. 'afterwards'

Afterwards is an adverb. If something happens afterwards, it happens after a particular event or time that has already been mentioned. You often use afterwards in expressions like not long afterwards, soon afterwards, and shortly afterwards.

She died soon afterwards.
Shortly afterwards her marriage broke up.
3. 'afterward'

Afterward is also sometimes used, especially in American English.

I left soon afterward.
Not long afterward, he made a trip from L.A. to San Jose.
4. 'later'

Later is an adverb. You use later to refer to a time or situation that follows the time when you are speaking.

I'll go and see her later.

A little, much, and not much can be used with later.

A little later, the lights went out.
I learned all this much later.

You can use after, afterwards, or later following a phrase that mentions a period of time, in order to say when something happens.

I met him five years after his wife's death.
She wrote about it six years afterwards.
Ten minutes later he left the house.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.later - coming at a subsequent time or stage; "without ulterior argument"; "the mood posterior to"
subsequent - following in time or order; "subsequent developments"
2.later - 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"
early - being or occurring at an early stage of development; "in an early stage"; "early forms of life"; "early man"; "an early computer"
Adv.1.later - happening at a time subsequent to a reference timelater - 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"
2.later - at some eventual time in the future; "By and by he'll understand"; "I'll see you later"
3.later - comparative of the adverb `late'; "he stayed later than you did"


adjective subsequent, next, following, ensuing, L8R (S.M.S.) at a later news conference


1. Following something else in time:
2. Being or occurring in the time ahead:
muộn hơn


1.más tarde
the gun was later found in his flatmás tarde se encontró la pistola en su piso
two years/ten minutes laterdos años/diez minutos después or más tarde
I'll do it laterlo haré luego or más tarde
later, when all the guests had leftluego or más tarde, cuando todos los invitados se habían marchado
later I discovered that he had liedmás tarde descubrí que había mentido
several whiskies later, I was rather the worse for weardespués de varios whiskies, se me empezaban a notar los efectos
later than expectedmás tarde de lo esperado
all essays should be handed in no later than Mondaytodos los trabajos deben entregarse el lunes a más tardar
only latersólo más tarde
it was only later that I learned the truthno descubrí la verdad hasta más tarde, sólo más tarde descubrí la verdad
later that daymás tarde or posteriormente ese día
later that morning/nightmás tarde or posteriormente esa mañana/esa noche
the results will be available later todaylos resultados se sabrán hoy mismo más tarde
see also see 1 2
see also sooner 1
later onmás tarde, más adelante
we'll be dealing with this in more detail later ontrataremos esto a fondo más tarde or más adelante
later on that day/nightaquel día/aquella noche más tarde
later on in the play/filmmás adelante en la obra/película
later on in the morning/afternoon/eveningmás entrada la mañana/tarde/noche
later on in lifemás adelante
B. ADJ [chapter, version, work] → posterior
I took a later flight/traintomé un avión/tren que salía más tarde
we plan to meet at a later datetenemos intención de reunirnos más adelante
in later lifemás adelante
at a later stagemás adelante


[date, meeting] → ultérieur(e)
(= version, edition) → ultérieur(e)
He changed his approach in later editions → Il a changé son approche dans les éditions ultérieures.
in later life → sur le tard
advplus tard
I'll do it later → Je ferai ça plus tard.
Burke later admitted he had lied → Burke admit plus tard qu'il avait menti.
see you later! → à tout à l'heure!, à plus tard !
some time later → quelque temps après
some weeks later → quelques semaines plus tard
some years later → quelques années plus tard
six years later → six ans plus tard
later on → ensuite
Later on I'll be speaking to Patty Davis → Je parlerai ensuite à Patty Davis.
later on today → plus tard dans la journée
excl (= see you later) → à plus!


adjspäter; at a later hour, at a later timespäter, zu einer späteren Zeit; this version is later than that onediese Version ist neuer als die andere; in (his) later years or lifein späteren Jahren, in seinem späteren Leben
advspäter; Mr Smith, later to become Sir JohnMr Smith, der spätere Sir John; the weather cleared up later (on) in the daydas Wetter klärte sich im Laufe des Tages auf; later (on) that night/week/dayspäter in der Nacht/Woche/an dem Tag; later (on) in lifespäter im Leben, in späteren Jahren; later (on) in the playim weiteren Verlauf des Stückes; I’ll tell you later (on)ich erzähle es dir später; a moment latereinen Augenblick später, im nächsten Augenblick; see you later!bis nachher, bis später; I saw him no later than yesterdayich habe ihn (erst) gestern noch gesehen; come at 7 o’clock and no laterkomm um 7 Uhr und nicht or keine Minute später; not later than 1995spätestens 1995; they must be handed in no later than Mondaysie müssen bis spätestens Montag abgegeben werden


1. adv (late (comp of))
a. (not on time) → più tardi
b. (after) → dopo, più tardi
a few years later → pochi anni dopo or più tardi
c. later on (in series of events) → più avanti; (in time) → più tardi
later on today → più tardi
2. adj (late (comp of)) (meeting, train) → successivo/a; (edition, version) → più recente, successivo/a; (date) → posteriore
he was later than usual → è arrivato più tardi del solito
Easter is later this year → Pasqua cade più tardi quest'anno
at a later stage or date → in un secondo momento
his later symphonies → le sue ultime sinfonie
this version is later than that one → questa versione è posteriore a or più recente di quella


بَعْدَ ذَلِكَ později senere später αργότερα más tarde myöhemmin plus tard kasnije successivamente あとで 나중에 later senere później mais tarde позже senare ตอนหลัง daha sonra muộn hơn 后来


a., comp. of late.
adv. más tarde, luego, después.


adv más tarde
References in classic literature ?
asked Meg, as she and Jo ran down to thank her for their gifts, half an hour later.
The plan the writer had for the raising of his bed was forgotten and later the carpenter did it in his own way and the writer, who was past sixty, had to help himself with a chair when he went to bed at night.
I have just been going over the books, and I'll submit a detailed report later.
Later, when I knew her, she was always doing something unexpected.
First, the amount is increased by the IRS underpayment rate plus 1% from the time it should have been includable in income for the year first deferred (or, if later, the first taxable year the amount is not subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture).
In his medical textbook of 1892, Osier would later write that smallpox can be conveyed by fomites: "the dried scales [of variola scabs] .
Later in the afternoon, we felt the rushes weren't bad, which was good because I hadn't enough people for the party scene.
Siegel may have meant that where a taxpayer discovers a loss in one year, and later discovers that the loss was due to theft, the deduction is postponed to the later year.
Pauline Hunter, 45, Low Fell, civil servant: If there's not many people living nearby bars should be able to stay open later.
Three weeks after birth, the female rats exposed to alcohol in utero had significantly more terminal end buds--a type of breast tissue that can later form tumors--than did the rats that had not been exposed to alcohol, Clarke found.