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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Soon afterward, scientists called to the scene found a small colony of 18 ferrets near the Hogg farm. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "How to save a species (if you really want to)," 21 Nov. 2018 Chris wasn't mad, but things didn't last very long with us afterward. Seventeen Editors, Seventeen, "23 Juicy Spring Break Confessions That Actually Happened," 5 Feb. 2019 At the time, Mr. Powell’s words had only a small immediate impact on the markets, with already-rising 2-year bond yields adding an extra 0.02 percentage points afterward, while stock futures fell slightly. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Jerome Powell Shows His Cards on the Stock Market," 29 Nov. 2018 The movement took off afterward, garnering the attention-- and ire -- of President Trump, NFL owners, players and fans of the sport. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Texas farming company bars employees from wearing Nike," 16 Sep. 2018 The first test flights are scheduled for 2019, with the first operational missions taking place at some unknown date afterward. Loren Grush, The Verge, "NASA announces crews for the first flights of SpaceX and Boeing’s passenger spacecraft," 3 Aug. 2018 If the attitude of foreign financiers toward Russia up to 1914 can be defended, their behavior afterward is rather harder to explain. Andrew Stuttaford, WSJ, "‘Bankers and Bolsheviks’ Review: The Red Ink of Red October," 22 Jan. 2019 So expect to get some amazing images in the first week — and then for many months afterward. Loren Grush, The Verge, "How to watch as NASA sends a spacecraft past a rock at the edge of the Solar System," 30 Dec. 2018 An over-the-top battle ensues, but Anna insists everything is fine afterward; maybe the guy got really sick. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Anna and the Apocalypse: A zombie-Christmas-high school musical can’t be this good," 1 Dec. 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 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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to reflect, repel, echo, or resound

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