af·​ter·​ward | \ ˈaf-tər-wərd How to pronounce afterward (audio) , ˈaf-tə-\
variants: or afterwards \ ˈaf-​tər-​wərdz How to pronounce afterwards (audio) , ˈaf-​tə-​ \

Definition of afterward

: at a later or succeeding time : subsequently, thereafter found out about it long afterward

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Synonyms & Antonyms for afterward


after, later, latterly, subsequently, thereafter


afore [chiefly dialect], ahead, antecedently, anteriorly, before, beforehand, earlier, previously

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Examples of afterward in a Sentence

He found out about it long afterward. Afterward, she got a promotion.

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Ulipristal acetate tablets are effective for up to five days afterward. Glamour, "All of Your Emergency-Contraception Q’s, Answered," 22 Apr. 2019 Netanyahu spoke to Trump two days before the president’s announcement and again a day afterward. John Hudson, The Seattle Times, "Many of Trump’s advisers tried to derail Syria withdrawal," 13 Jan. 2019 The remark lingered as a story for days afterward when the White House focused on the leaking of internal discussions rather than the crudeness of the comment. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Kelly Sadler, White House aide who joked about John McCain 'dying,' has quit her post," 5 June 2018 Just don’t forget to moisturize afterward, Dr. Ramien says. Sara King-abadi, SELF, "What I Wish I Knew About Skin Care Before Moving to the Mountains," 12 Apr. 2019 The slugger flashed a thumbs-up when asked afterward how his hand was feeling. Ian Harrison, The Seattle Times, "Sanchez, Blue Jays pitch 2nd shutout in row, top Tigers 3-0," 30 Mar. 2019 In 2016, Verizon created an eight-month paid fellowship program to give diverse recent graduates and entry-level workers experience within Verizon and its agencies, with a goal of placing 90% of participants in full-time jobs afterward. Nat Ives, WSJ, "Verizon Expands Diversity-and-Inclusion Push With New Focus on Retention," 28 Mar. 2019 Soon afterward, scientists called to the scene found a small colony of 18 ferrets near the Hogg farm. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "How to save a species (if you really want to)," 21 Nov. 2018 Chris wasn't mad, but things didn't last very long with us afterward. Seventeen Editors, Seventeen, "23 Juicy Spring Break Confessions That Actually Happened," 5 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of afterward

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for afterward

Middle English afterward "behind, in the rear, at a later time," going back to Old English æfterweard "behind, following," from æfter after entry 1 + -weard -ward entry 2; Middle English afterwardes, efterwardes "at a later time," from afterward + -es -s entry 1

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The first known use of afterward was in the 13th century

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af·​ter·​ward | \ ˈaf-tər-wərd How to pronounce afterward (audio) \
variants: or afterwards \ -​wərdz \

Kids Definition of afterward

: at a later time He found out the truth long afterward.

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