Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. 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.
  • interj. Informal Used to express goodbye.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. comparative form of late: more late
  • adv. Afterward in time (used with than when comparing with another time).
  • adv. At some unspecified time in the future.
  • adj. comparative form of late: more late
  • adj. Coming afterward in time (used with than when comparing with another time).
  • adj. At some time in the future.
  • interj. See you later; goodbye.
  • interj. Dismissive term to minimize importance of an annoying persons.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A brick or tile.
  • adj. Compar. of late, a. & adv.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • At a subsequent time or period; afterward; hereafter: also used with (redundant) on: as, I will see you later; it may be done later on.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. at or toward an end or late period or stage of development
  • adv. happening at a time subsequent to a reference time
  • adj. coming at a subsequent time or stage
  • adv. comparative of the adverb `late'
  • adv. at some eventual time in the future

Etymologies

late + -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • We wound up talking about smoking pot with Peter Tosh, seeing The Rolling Stones as a youngster and signing the band to his label later, plus a lot more.

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  • Science historian Howard Markel discusses how the term later came to refer to a bevy of genetic manipulations.

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  • When we started using the term later, it was turbocharged by interactive technologies.

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  • The Emirates crowd got behind Nasri against Liverpool, applauding him warmly when he went to take an early corner and chorusing his name later in the game.

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  • Ms. ROSNES: Well, I wrote the composition with the two pianos in mind and came to the title later on.

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  • First among these is Richard Vine, who was my original sounding board, continued to offer great advice, and came up with the title later on I was to discover a poem of the same name by Constantine Cavafy.

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  • From the "patriotism" of America's first president George Washington to the "artistry" of Georgia O'Keeffe and the "courage" of baseball player Jackie Robinson, the 40-page book is "an inspiring marriage of words and images, history and story", said Chip Gibson, president and publisher of Random House Children's Books, whose imprint Alfred A Knopf Books for Young Readers will release the title later this autumn.

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