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

Definition of afterward

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

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Examples of afterward in a Sentence

He found out about it long afterward. Afterward, she got a promotion.
Recent Examples on the Web Despite all the frustration during Illinois’ 81-72 loss at Michigan State, coach Brad Underwood struck a nonchalant tone afterward. Shannon Ryan,, "3 takeaways from Illinois’ 81-72 loss to Michigan State that snapped a 7-game winning streak: ‘We were due for one’," 24 Feb. 2021 Musicians rehearsed to empty rooms before the pandemic, and will continue to do so afterward. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "Where Are the Iconic COVID-19 Images?," 24 Feb. 2021 The next morning, Ma went to Mass at St. Charles, chatting with parishioners afterward until Brother Ray started locking doors. Los Angeles Times, "From the first stitch to the final zip: The global journey of a COVID-19 body bag," 23 Feb. 2021 Above all, were the atrocities visited afterward on Cretan villages by the Germans an act of vengeance for the abduction? Colin Thubron, The New York Review of Books, "Escape from Fortress Crete," 23 Feb. 2021 Winter storm blackouts plagued Texas in 2011, too:Recommendations made afterward went unenforced. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "An 11-year-old boy died after his mobile home lost power. His family is suing Texas utility companies.," 23 Feb. 2021 Shortly afterward, a judge overturned the verdict, and then an appellate court declined to reinstate it. Ron Hurtibise,, "Deaf employee who was fired at Costco wins $775,000 in lawsuit — and then loses it," 23 Feb. 2021 About six months later, my mother had heart surgery, and, not long afterward, a pleurodesis procedure on her left lung. Ada Ferrer, The New Yorker, "My Brother’s Keeper," 22 Feb. 2021 The project chronicles her 2018 near-fatal overdose and her sobriety journey afterward. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "Demi Lovato Says She Wants to Be a 'Role Model' by Sharing What She Learned from Past Mistakes," 22 Feb. 2021

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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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27 Feb 2021

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“Afterward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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

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

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