after all


Definition of after all

1 : in spite of considerations or expectations to the contrary : nevertheless decided to take the train after all didn't rain after all
2 : in view of all circumstances literature which is after all only a special department of reading— W. W. Watt

Examples of after all in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But after all of the glitzy guests have gone home, a mysterious man enters the scene with a baseball bat in his hands and rage in his heart. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Nov. 2021 Now, after all these heroes are identified, some head honcho throws them together to go on a special mission in Germany, because some Nazis are planning some initiative to continue on after the death of the Fuhrer. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 9 Nov. 2021 Ranging in age from 14 to 27, the names of those who died at the Houston festival were released on Monday after all of their families had been notified. Ellise Shafer, Variety, 8 Nov. 2021 Doing it with so much energy even after all this time would seem to require total focus. Marisa Meltzer, Glamour, 2 Nov. 2021 On November 24, Pennsylvania certified the results in the state after all 67 counties had certified their results individually. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 28 Oct. 2021 There’s a game to win, after all, when the Bruins (5-2 overall, 3-1 Pac-12) face the Ducks (5-1, 2-1) a few hours after the campus crowd has dispersed. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 22 Oct. 2021 Even after all that, though, the front office had one more move to make prior to the start of the season. Tony East, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 That popularity combined with political considerations (after all, California Gov. Gavin Newsom did issue this second round amid his recall election campaign) are why state-level checks could stick around long after this pandemic ends. Fortune, 18 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of after all

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of after all was in 1590

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19 Nov 2021

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“After all.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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