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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Shortly afterward a German paratroop battalion which had fought at bloody Cassino and Italy was dropped but the whole unit of 500 to 800 men coming down on top of American position, was captured. Wes Gallagher, Houston Chronicle, "ALLIES GAIN IN NAZI-MADE FLOODS," 9 June 2019 Ghaisar’s parents, sister and brother-in-law were in court for the hearing but declined to comment afterward. Washington Post, "Lawyers for Park Police officers in Bijan Ghaisar shooting say charging decision coming soon," 8 June 2019 The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, which recommends putting dead hares in the trash or burying them deep enough where pets or other animals can’t reach them, also advises washing hands thoroughly afterward. Fox News, "Alaska officials warn hares could spread deadly disease to people, pets," 8 June 2019 The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and California senator is traveling to South Carolina for the state's NAACP Freedom Fund Celebration and heads to Iowa afterward for a speech at the Iowa Democratic Hall of Fame. Stephanie Ramirez, CBS News, "Kamala Harris to push back on criticism of her record as prosecutor," 8 June 2019 Not long afterward, the New Orleans district attorney, Jim Garrison, closed down many of the city’s nightclubs in an anti-vice crusade, and the local music scene collapsed. Gavin Edwards, New York Times, "Dr. John, of Voodoo Beads, Feathers and New Orleans Sound, Dies at 77," 6 June 2019 Honesty was maintained within the chain of command, although the man who dropped the socket had trouble articulating the truth of the situation for half an hour afterward. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "America Never Had a Chernobyl. But It Came Close.," 5 June 2019 Soon afterward, viewers are introduced to Danny’s roommate, Karl (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), a confident, hard-partying loudmouth who seems exceptionally secure in his identity. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Black Mirror: The Weird, Intriguing Intimacy of ‘Striking Vipers’," 5 June 2019 The authors, who collaborated with researchers from Harvard Medical School, compared the heart-disease death rates in the four years before Medicaid was expanded in those states (2010 through 2013) with the death rates in the three years afterward. Tom Avril,, "2,000 fewer people died of heart disease each year in states that expanded Medicaid, Penn study finds," 5 June 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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af·​ter·​ward | \ ˈaf-tər-wərd How to pronounce afterward (audio) \
variants: or afterwards \ -​wərdz \

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

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