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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Soon afterward, the group organized Mourner’s Kaddish recitals at which the names of dead protesters were read. Abraham Riesman, Daily Intelligencer, "Can the young activists of IfNotNow change the conversation about Israel and the Palestinians, or will their contradictions hold them back?," 12 July 2018 Kavanaugh said afterward, according to a book by The Post’s Bob Woodward. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Winners and losers from Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination," 10 July 2018 Don't worry—the juice and stomped grapes are used as compost in the vineyard afterward, not for wine. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Napa Valley and Sonoma County, California," 9 July 2018 However, shortly afterward French President Emmanuel Macron denied Trump's suggestion that NATO allies have agreed to boost defense spending beyond 2 percent of GDP. Fox News, "Trump dubs himself 'stable genius,' calls NATO summit a success," 13 July 2018 There are also limitations on shutting off service to homes if temperatures are predicted to reach 95 degrees or higher during the 48 hours afterward. New York Times, "‘Totally Preventable’: How a Sick Woman Lost Electricity, and Her Life," 13 July 2018 Several officials who had been in the room when Trump amped up the temperature appeared physically exhausted afterward. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: GOP candidates caught in a bind on Medicaid," 13 July 2018 And not long afterward, Croatia was sent home by the same country that went on to win the entire tournament: France. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Croatia Eyes the Greatest Upset in World Cup History," 13 July 2018 Today, the US Commerce Department temporarily lifted part of the ban for ZTE until August 1st, and it might be fully lifted afterward if ZTE is in compliance with the government’s requirements. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "The US won’t let China Mobile operate in the country, citing risk to national security," 3 July 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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