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later

[lei-ter] /ˈlɛɪ tər/
adjective
1.
a comparative of late:
Her later years were not happy.
adverb
2.
a comparative of late:
The meeting ran later than we expected.
3.
afterward, subsequently, or at a time in the future (sometimes followed by on):
She later said she was sorry. I'll see you later. Let's decide about this later on.
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British Dictionary definitions for later on

later

/ˈleɪtə/
adjective, adverb
1.
the comparative of late
adverb
2.
afterwards; subsequently
3.
see you later, an expression of farewell
4.
sooner or later, eventually; inevitably
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Word Origin and History for later on

later

comparative of late. Meaning "farewell" is from 1954, U.S. slang, short for see you later.

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Slang definitions & phrases for later on

later

interjection

A parting salutation: I dug right away what the kick was, so I said, ''Later,'' and he split/ Later, baby. Catch you later (1980s+ Teenagers fr black)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with later on

later on

Subsequently, afterward, as in They served the main course, and later on, the dessert, or When can I use the sewing machine?—Later on, when I'm done. [ Late 1800s ]

later

In addition to the idiom beginning with later also see: sooner or later also see under: late
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