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Definition of later adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [only before noun]
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  1. 1coming after something else or at a time in the future This is discussed in more detail in a later chapter. The game has been postponed to a later date.
  2. 2near the end of a period of time, life, etc. the later part of the seventeenth century She found happiness in her later years.
  3. Idioms
    sooner or later
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    at some time in the future, even if you are not sure exactly when Sooner or later you will have to make a decision.
    sooner rather than later
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    after a short time rather than after a long time We urged them to sort out the problem sooner rather than later.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: later