Meaning of “latter” in the English Dictionary

"latter" in British English

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latteradjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈlæt.ər/ us /ˈlæt̬.ɚ/

B2 near or towards the end of something:

Building of the new library should begin in the latter part of next year.
In the latter stages of the fight he began to tire.

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latternoun [ S ]

uk /ˈlæt.ər/ us /ˈlæt̬.ɚ/

(Definition of “latter” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"latter" in American English

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latternoun [ U ]

us /ˈlæt̬·ər/ fml

latter noun [ U ] (SECOND)

the second of two people, things, or groups previously mentioned:

He directed "The Wizard of Oz" and "Gone with the Wind," receiving an Oscar for the latter.

latteradjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈlæt̬·ər/

latter adjective [ not gradable ] (END)

near or toward the end of something:

He was in the news during the latter part of the Watergate scandal.

(Definition of “latter” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)