after all

adverb
|Updated on: 20 Jun 2018

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

Recent Examples of after all from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'after all.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of after all

1590

in the meaning defined at sense 1

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up after all? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

the quality or state of being insatiable

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name More Food!

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!