afterward

adverb af·ter·ward \ ˈaf-tər-wərd , ˈaf-tə- \
variants: or afterwards play \ˈaf-tər-wərdz, ˈaf-tə-\
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of afterward

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

Examples of afterward in a Sentence

  1. He found out about it long afterward.

  2. Afterward, she got a promotion.

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Origin and Etymology of afterward

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


AFTERWARD Defined for Kids

afterward

adverb af·ter·ward \ ˈaf-tər-wərd \
variants: or afterwards \-wərdz\

Definition of afterward for Students

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


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