Definition of later adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    later

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈleɪtə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈleɪtər//
     
    [only before noun]
     
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  1. 1  coming after something else or at a time in the future This is discussed in more detail in a later chapter. The match has been postponed to a later date.
  2. 2  near the end of a period of time, life, etc. the later part of the seventeenth century She found happiness in her later years.
  3. opposite early
    Idioms  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.
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