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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Shortly afterward, Guthrie had to stop the former Veep from interrupting as well. Tiffany Diane Tso,, ""It's My Turn": Biden & Bernie Couldn't Stop Interrupting Everyone," 28 June 2019 She and prosecutors Van Grack and Deborah Curtis had asked to update Sullivan about setting a sentencing date afterward, or by mid-August. Washington Post, "New Michael Flynn attorney seeks access to classified information as Flynn awaits sentencing," 24 June 2019 The symptoms may be acute, triggered by particular events like vet visits, and alleviated afterward. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "What Science Says About Why You're Stressed and How to Cope," 21 June 2019 The two participated in a discussion moderated by LaRose’s chief of staff, discussing elections issues and political civility, and spoke with reporters afterward. Andrew J. Tobias,, "Ohio’s Secretary of State says he’s not endorsing anyone in 2020," 18 June 2019 As a young boy, Fails lived with his father in a house in the Fillmore district, a neighborhood that had gone from predominantly Japanese before World War II to predominantly African American afterward. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "You Can't Hate San Francisco Unless You Love San Francisco," 7 June 2019 Not long after afterward, army chief Gen. Seare Mekonnen who assassinated at his home in Addis Ababa, and a retired army general visiting him was also killed, the spokesman said., "Ethiopia says military chief killed, regional coup failed," 23 June 2019 Psychosis generally comes on two weeks after delivery, but can occur up to six months afterward. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "'You are not alone': How to identify and get help for postpartum depression," 20 June 2019 Mississippi State has now won 28 come-from-behind games this season, more than any team in Division I. Thompson and the coaching staff were tasked afterward with talking to the team — giving some message of hope, that the season isn’t done. Sam Blum |,, "Auburn collapses in 9th inning, loses 5-4 to Mississippi State," 17 June 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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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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something desired as essential

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