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lateradverb

us   /ˈleɪ·t̬ər/
  • later adverb (NEAR THE END)

comparative oflate : He was successful later in his career.
  • later adverb (AFTER)

after the present, expected, or usual time; comparative oflate : She said she would speak to me later. Why don’t you call back later on, when he’s sure to be here?
(Definition of later from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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lateradverb

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