(adjective, adverb, interjection)


1. coming at a subsequent time or stage

Similar word(s): subsequent, posterior, ulterior

2. at or toward an end or late period or stage of development

- a later symptom of the disease

- later medical science could have saved the child

Similar word(s): advanced, tardive, late

Sentences with later as an adjective:

- Jim was later than John.

- The Victorian era is a later period of English history than the Elizabethan era.

- The meeting was adjourned to a later date.


1. happening at a time subsequent to a reference time

- he's going to the store but he'll be back here later

Similar word(s): after, afterward, afterwards, subsequently

2. at some eventual time in the future

- I'll see you later

3. comparative of the adverb `late'

- he stayed later than you did

Sentences with later as an adverb:

- You came in late yesterday and today you came in even later.

- My roommate arrived first. I arrived later.

- I arrived later than my roommate.

- I wanted to do it now, but I'll have to do it later.


1. (slang) See you later; goodbye.

- Later, dude.

2. (slang) Dismissive term to minimize importance of an annoying persons.