- The definition of later is afterward.
An example of the use of later as an adverb is in the sentence, "We will go later," which means we will go at a future time.
- Later is defined as an informal way of saying bye.
An example of the use of later as an interjection is in the sentence, "I'm leaving now! Later!" which means, "I'm leaving now! Goodbye!"
adjectiveComparative of late.
adverbComparative of late.
- comparative form of late: more late
- You came in late yesterday and today you came in even later.
- Afterward in time (used with than when comparing with another time).
- My roommate arrived first. I arrived later.
- I arrived later than my roommate.
- At some unspecified time in the future.
- I wanted to do it now, but I'll have to do it later.
- (slang) See you later; goodbye.
- Later, dude.
- (slang) Dismissive term to minimize importance of an annoying persons.
Frequently used with "for you". "Later for you."
late + -er
Variant of late
adjectivelater or latter, latest or last
- happening, coming, etc. after the usual, proper, or expected time; tardy; behindhand
- happening, being, continuing, etc. far on in the day, night, year, etc.: the late afternoon, a late party
- happening, being, continuing, etc. toward the end; far advanced in a period, development, etc.: the late Middle Ages
- happening, appearing, etc. just previous to the present time; recent: a late news bulletin
- having been so recently but not now: the late allies
- having recently died
Origin of lateMiddle English ; from Old English læt, slow, sluggish, tardy, akin to Dutch laat, German lass, slow, lazy ; from Indo-European an unverified form lēid ; from base an unverified form lēi-, to neglect, let go from source let, Classical Latin lassus, weak