Definition of


  1. (adj, all) coming at a subsequent time or stage
    the mood posterior to
  2. (adj, all) 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
  3. (adv, all) happening at a time subsequent to a reference time
    he's going to the store but he'll be back here later
    it didn't happen until afterward
    two hours after that
  4. (adv, all) at some eventual time in the future
    I'll see you later
  5. (adv, all) comparative of the adverb `late'

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Later

  1. comp. of late. Meaning "farewell," 1954, U.S. slang, short for see you later. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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