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lateradverb

uk   /ˈleɪ.tər/  us   /-t̬ɚ/
A2 at a time in the future or after the time you have mentioned: He'll be back later. We could always go later in the season. Police questioned him and he was later arrested.later on B1 at a time in the future, or after the time you have mentioned: What are you doing later on this evening? Shall I go and fetch her later on? Later on, we could go and have a meal if you like.no/not later than not after: She said she'd prefer us to arrive no later than nine o'clock.

lateradjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈleɪ.tər/  us   /-t̬ɚ/

later adjective [before noun] (IN THE FUTURE)

B2 happening at a time in the future, or after the time you have mentioned: We could catch a later train. You can always change your password at a later date.

later adjective [before noun] (TOWARDS THE END)

C2 happening towards the end of a period of time or the end of someone's life: He needed round-the-clock care in the later stages of his illness. During his later years, he lived in Cape Town.

later adjective [before noun] (RECENT)

C2 more modern or recent: Later versions of the software are much better. Later models included a 2.5 litre engine. I prefer her earlier paintings to her later work.

laterexclamation

uk   /ˈleɪ.tər/  us   /-t̬ɚ/ (also laters) informal
a way of saying goodbye: Laters, Mike.
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