Later is a way to talk about time: some time after now. You can go to a movie later tonight.

Later can also mean more recent, as in "Which is the later movie, Gone with the Wind or Citizen Kane?" It can mean toward the end: “He made that movie later in his career.” It can also mean after, as in "You were later than I thought you'd be!" It can also be used in comparison: "He was late; I was later." All these uses are about time, and how time keeps moving on from now to later.

Definitions of later
  1. adverb
    happening at a time subsequent to a reference time
    “he's going to the store but he'll be back here later
    synonyms: after, afterward, afterwards, later on, subsequently
  2. adverb
    at some eventual time in the future
    “I'll see you later
    synonyms: by and by
  3. adverb
    comparative of the adverb `late'
    “he stayed later than you did”
  4. adjective
    coming at a subsequent time or stage
    synonyms: posterior, ulterior
    following in time or order
  5. adjective
    at or toward an end or late period or stage of development
    “a later symptom of the disease”
    later medical science could have saved the child”
    synonyms: late
    comparatively late in a course of development
    late-occurring (especially with reference to symptoms of a disease)
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    being or occurring at an early stage of development
    archaic, primitive
    little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type
    new, young
    (of crops) harvested at an early stage of development; before complete maturity
    crude, primitive, rude
    belonging to an early stage of technical development; characterized by simplicity and (often) crudeness
    embryonic, embryotic
    in an early stage of development
    inchoate, incipient
    only partly in existence; imperfectly formed
    appearing or developing early
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