how to pronounce later


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later is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of later in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… in 2000 and expanded later to become the …”

meanings of later


  1. At some time in the future.
  2. Comparative form of late: more late.
  3. Coming afterward in distance (following an antecedent distance as embedded within an adverbial phrase).
  4. Coming afterward in time (used with than when comparing with another time).


  1. Afterward in time (used with than when comparing with another time).
  2. Comparative form of late: more late.
  3. At some unspecified time in the future.


  1. See you later; goodbye.

later frequency in english - A1 level of CEFR

the word later occurs in english on average 329 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics later can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that later can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

words with pronunciation similar to later


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