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after

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adverb af·ter \ˈaf-tər\

Definition of after

  1. :  following in time or place :  afterward, behind, later <we arrived shortly after> <returned 20 years after>

Examples of after in a sentence

  1. Don't tell them until after.

  2. I expected her then, but she arrived the week after.

  3. He ate lunch and left just after.

Origin and Etymology of after

Middle English, from Old English æfter; akin to Old High German aftar after, and probably to Old English of of


First Known Use: before 12th century


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after

preposition af·ter

Definition of after

  1. 1a :  behind in place <people lined up one after another>b (1) :  subsequent to in time or order <20 minutes after 6> (2) :  subsequent to and in view of <after all our advice>

  2. 2 —used to indicate the object of a stated or implied action <go after gold> <was asking after you>

  3. 3 :  so as to resemble: such asa :  in accordance with <He's a man after my own heart.>b :  with the name of or a name derived from that of <named after his father>c :  in the characteristic manner of :  in imitation of <writing after the manner of Hemingway>

Examples of after in a sentence

  1. We arrived shortly after six o'clock.

  2. He returned after 20 years.

  3. before, during, and after the war

  4. He left just after nightfall.

  5. He finished the exam after me.

  6. Call me after your arrival.

  7. She was going to arrive tomorrow but I'm now expecting her the day after tomorrow instead.

  8. He left after an hour.

  9. How can you say that after what happened last night?

  10. It's the highest mountain after Mount Everest.

Origin and Etymology of after

see 1after


First Known Use: before 12th century


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after

conjunction af·ter

Definition of after

  1. :  subsequently to the time when <We will come after we make plans.>

Examples of after in a sentence

  1. He returned after 20 years had passed.

  2. Don't tell them until after they've had dinner.

  3. He left just after the show ended.

  4. Call me after you arrive.

  5. He finished the exam after I did.

  6. It happened not long after he graduated from college.

Origin and Etymology of after

see 1after


First Known Use: before 12th century


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after

adjective af·ter

Definition of after

  1. 1 :  later in time <in after years>

  2. 2 :  located toward the rear and especially toward the stern of a ship or tail of an aircraft <an after cabin>

Examples of after in a sentence

  1. <had heard that the after section of an aircraft is safer in the event of a crash>

  2. <in after years the government set up a special fund for disabled veterans of the war>

Origin and Etymology of after

see 1after


First Known Use: before 12th century


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after

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auxiliary verb af·ter \ˈäf-tər\

Definition of after

chiefly Irish

  1. —used with a present participle to indicate action completed and especially just completed <the poor old man is after dying on me — J. M. Synge>

Origin and Etymology of after

see 1after


First Known Use: 1778


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after

noun af·ter

Definition of after

Circa 1902

First Known Use of after

circa 1902



AFTER Defined for English Language Learners

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after

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adverb af·ter \ˈaf-tər\

Definition of after for English Language Learners

  • : following in time : at a later time


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after

preposition af·ter

Definition of after for English Language Learners

  • : at a time following (something or someone) : later than (something or someone)

  • —used to describe a time following a specified hour

  • : following and because of (something)


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after

conjunction af·ter

Definition of after for English Language Learners

  • : later than the time that : later than when


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after

adjective af·ter

Definition of after for English Language Learners

  • : later in time


AFTER Defined for Kids

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after

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adverb af·ter \ˈaf-tər\

Definition of after for Students

  1. :  following in time or place :  at a later time <He ate and left immediately after.>


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after

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preposition af·ter

Definition of after for Students

  1. 1 :  behind in time or place <They got there after me.> <after lunch>

  2. 2 :  for the reason of catching, seizing, or getting <Run after the ball.> <They're going after the championship.>

  3. 3 :  following in order or in a series <The number 20 comes before 21 and after 19.>

  4. 4 :  following the actions or departure of <Don't expect me to clean up after you.>

  5. 5 :  with the name of <He's named after his father.>


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conjunction af·ter

Definition of after for Students

  1. :  following the time when <I opened the door after she knocked.>



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