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later (adj., adv.)

"afterward," 16c., comparative of late. A modern formation; the Old English comparative lator developed into latter. As a salutation, "farewell," from 1954, U.S. colloquial, short for adverbial use in (I'll) see you later.

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Definitions of later from WordNet
1
later (adv.)
happening at a time subsequent to a reference time;
he's going to the store but he'll be back here later
Synonyms: subsequently / afterwards / afterward / after / later on
later (adv.)
at some eventual time in the future;
I'll see you later
Synonyms: by and by
later (adv.)
comparative of the adverb `late';
he stayed later than you did
2
later (adj.)
coming at a subsequent time or stage;
Synonyms: ulterior / posterior
later (adj.)
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
Synonyms: late
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