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later

adverb 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.Points in timeIn the future and soonBefore, after and alreadyAfter and behind 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.Points in timeIn the future and soonBefore, after and alreadyAfter and behind no/not later than not after: She said she'd prefer us to arrive no later than nine o'clock.Points in time

later

adjective [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.Points in timeIn the future and soonBefore, after and alreadyAfter and behind

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 London.Ends and endings

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.Modern and fashionableFashionModern and fashionable

later

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