af·​ter·​ward ˈaf-tər-wərd How to pronounce afterward (audio)
variants or afterwards
ˈaf-tər-wərdz How to pronounce afterward (audio)
: at a later or succeeding time : subsequently, thereafter
found out about it long afterward

Examples of afterward in a Sentence

He found out about it long afterward. Afterward, she got a promotion.
Recent Examples on the Web Shortly afterward, Ruetten said, he was confronted by Lazarus, then an LAPD patrol officer, who pleaded with him not to get married. Jeremy Childs, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2023 Soon afterward, Stellantis employees represented by the UAW voted to approve their agreement. Max Zahn, ABC News, 17 Nov. 2023 Amid the political bickering afterward, Mr. Tarnoff was put on damage control. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2023 The security team was able to change the search profile of onboard video afterward, the spokesperson said. Natalie Kainz, NBC News, 16 Nov. 2023 The officers returned fire, striking Aguilar, who was hospitalized after the shooting and booked shortly afterward into jail. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Nov. 2023 Fain has criticized Donald Trump, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, yet in the weeks leading to the strike and afterward, the labor leader could be out of sync at times with Biden. Josh Boak, Fortune, 4 Nov. 2023 Shortly afterward, Pope Francis called for another day of fasting and prayer for peace to be held on Oct. 27. Christine Rousselle, Fox News, 4 Nov. 2023 Shortly afterward, because the motion to table Tlaib resolution was successful, House Democrats pulled a resolution to censure Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who had proposed the Tlaib censure. Alexandra Hutzler, ABC News, 1 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Afterward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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af·​ter·​ward ˈaf-tə(r)-wərd How to pronounce afterward (audio)
variants or afterwards
: at a later time

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