af·​ter·​ward | \ ˈaf-tər-wərd How to pronounce afterward (audio) , ˈaf-tə- \
variants: or afterwards \ ˈaf-​tər-​wərdz How to pronounce afterward (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 The Pride month material will remain on display through July 15 and be removed afterward at the supervisory librarian's discretion. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, 24 June 2022 Not long afterward, Pocus garnered the support of more than a dozen angel investors — including top executives at Clickhouse, Notion, Zapier and Datadog — and raised its seed round that June. Phoebe Liu, Forbes, 22 June 2022 French audiences got to see it for the first time in 1926, and shortly afterward, it was finally purchased by the Englishman David Tennant. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 22 June 2022 Typically, a billionaire philosopher king begins by making his billions and pursues politics and philosophy afterward. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, 22 June 2022 The council suspended him from his post soon afterward, tapping one of his high-level aides to serve as the district’s unelected caretaker. David Zahniserstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 22 June 2022 An employee who let an outsider into Sabyasachi’s factory says he was let go afterward. New York Times, 22 June 2022 Immediately following the leak and for days afterward, police in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, initiated extra patrols around The Women’s Center location, Kifferly said. Sara Burnett, Anchorage Daily News, 22 June 2022 The driver remained on the scene afterward, the authorities said. Elizabeth Chuck, NBC News, 20 June 2022 See More

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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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“Afterward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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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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