af·ter·ward | \ˈaf-tər-wərd, ˈaf-tə-\
variants: or afterwards \ˈaf-tər-wərdz, 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.

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Moreover, as an unfamiliar activity, cycling tended to catch the blame for pretty much anything bad that happened to a new rider afterward, up to and including death. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 Almost immediately afterward, however, the Uruguayan beat the offside trap and flicked the ball past Cohen to tie the score again. Daniel O'boyle,, "LAFC advances to quarterfinals of U.S. Open Cup with win over Sacramento," 19 June 2018 Smith left the crash scene on foot before officers arrived, but police found him nearby shortly afterward, police said. Andres Picon,, "Man flees police, crashes car in Manchester, N.H.," 10 July 2018 He was trapped under debris, Subervi said, but was freed and taken to the hospital shortly afterward in serious condition. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "High winds blow roof off Phoenix apartment complex; man injured," 9 July 2018 Shortly afterward, James Brusuelas, an Oxford papyrologist working with Seales, revealed several new details visible in the scans, such as the name Pythocles, who was a young follower of Epicurus. Henrik Knudsen, Smithsonian, "Buried by the Ash of Vesuvius, These Scrolls Are Being Read for the First Time in Millennia," 26 June 2018 Xi’s chief economic aide, Liu He, returned from Washington and declared the trade war over last month, only to see Trump escalate tensions again shortly afterward., "China Begins to Question Whether It’s Ready for a Trade War," 26 June 2018 The start of Maryland’s Grand Lodge followed shortly afterward, in 1787. Elizabeth Heubeck,, "Freemasons' Bonnie Blink sits on a hill in Cockeysville, caters to elderly residents," 20 June 2018 Klein said there had been an assumption that the city could put out solicitations for certain construction work before the FAA approved an environmental assessment in October, and then signing those contracts shortly afterward. Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, "Opening of new KCI terminal, originally November 2021, is already delayed," 14 June 2018

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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 \
variants: or afterwards \-wərdz \

Kids Definition of afterward

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

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