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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Examples of afterward in a Sentence

He found out about it long afterward. Afterward, she got a promotion.
Recent Examples on the Web Grab a free coffee and a cleanup kit to take on your hike or bike ride afterward. Joshua Berman, The Know, "Opting outside on Black Friday? Here’s where you can volunteer in your community.," 24 Nov. 2019 Though the Lions went down to defeat, coach Ryan Partridge was upbeat afterward. Mitch Stephens,, "Roundup: Pittsburg tops Liberty, earns meeting with De La Salle in NCS final," 23 Nov. 2019 Pigs were successfully cooled, operated on and resuscitated—and sustained brain function afterward. Claire Bugos, Smithsonian, "Doctors Put a Patient in Suspended Animation for the First Time," 23 Nov. 2019 Of course, the whole act is clearly in good fun, as Legend bursts into laughter immediately afterward. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Chrissy Teigen's Face Wordlessly Expresses a Lack of Interest in Husband John Legend's 'Sexy' Elf Routine," 22 Nov. 2019 Subtitled Champion Edition, Capcom’s basically bundled up 2018’s Arcade Edition and all the DLC that came afterward into one big package. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: A Divinity: Original Sin board game, rumors of a new Mass Effect, and more," 22 Nov. 2019 Adams was down on the ground for a few minutes afterward and was unable to play. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' Mike Adams ruled out with concussion," 17 Nov. 2019 There’s an hour-and-a-half reprieve when everyone files into the club for the show, but afterward the partiers spill out into the night more revved up than before. Paul Kvinta, Outside Online, "I Bought an Elephant to Find Out How to Save Them," 12 Nov. 2019 New England’s second-busiest _ was closed afterward but reopened a single runway about 3½ hours later. San Diego Union-Tribune, "World War II-era bomber crashes; at least 7 reported dead," 2 Oct. 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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28 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Afterward.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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