Earlier vs. Later

Earlier vs. Later — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Earlier and Later

Earlieradjective

Of or occurring near the beginning of a given series, period of time, or course of events

in the early morning.scored two runs in the early innings.

Lateradverb

Subsequently; afterward. Often used with on

She arrived on the ferry, and he came later. He later felt that he was wrong. Later on, we watched a movie.

Earlieradjective

Of or belonging to a previous or remote period of time

the early inhabitants of the British Isles.

Laterinterjunction

(Informal) Used to express goodbye.

Earlieradjective

Of or belonging to an initial stage of development

an early form of life.an early computer.

Lateradverb

Afterward in time (used with than when comparing with another time).

My roommate arrived first. I arrived later.I arrived later than my roommate.
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Earlieradjective

Occurring, developing, or appearing before the expected or usual time

an early spring.an early retirement.

Lateradverb

At some unspecified time in the future.

I wanted to do it now, but I'll have to do it later.

Earlieradjective

Maturing or developing relatively soon

an early variety of tomato.

Lateradjective

Coming afterward in time (used with than when comparing with another time).

The Victorian era is a later period of English history than the Elizabethan era.

Earlieradjective

Occurring in the near future

hoped for an early end to the negotiations.

Lateradjective

At some time in the future.

The meeting was adjourned to a later date.
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Earlieradverb

Near the beginning of a given series, period of time, or course of events

departed early in the day.scored important victories early in the campaign.

Laterinterjection

(slang) See you later; goodbye.

Later, dude.

Earlieradverb

At or near the beginning of the morning

She never used to get up so early.

Lateradjective

coming at a subsequent time or stage;

the future president entered college at the age of 16awaiting future actions on the billlater developmentswithout ulterior argument

Earlieradverb

At or during a remote or initial period

decided very early to go into medicine.

Lateradjective

at or toward an end or late period or stage of development;

the late phase of feudalisma later symptom of the diseaselater medical science could have saved the child

Earlieradverb

Before the expected or usual time

arrived at the meeting a few minutes early.

Lateradverb

happening at a time subsequent to a reference time;

he apologized subsequentlyhe's going to the store but he'll be back here laterit didn't happen until afterwardtwo hours after that

Earlieradverb

Soon in relation to others of its kind

a rose that was cultivated to bloom early.

Lateradverb

at some eventual time in the future;

By and by he'll understandI'll see you later

Earlieradjective

occurring previously

I shall be late because I missed the earlier train.

Lateradverb

comparative of the adverb `late';

he stayed later than you did

Earlieradverb

previously; before now; sooner

I shall be late because I didn't start earlier.They were looking for some measuring equipment they had placed in the ice earlier. File:They were looking for some measuring equipment they had placed in the ice earlier.ogg

Earlieradjective

(comparative and superlative of `early') more early than; most early;

a fashion popular in earlier timeshis earlier work reflects the influence of his teacherVerdi's earliest and most raucous opera

Earlieradverb

earlier in time; previously;

I had known her beforeas I said beforehe called me the day before but your call had come even earlierher parents had died four years earlierI mentioned that problem earlier

Earlieradverb

comparatives of `soon' or `early';

Come a little sooner, if you cancame earlier than I expected

Earlieradverb

before now;

why didn't you tell me in the first place?