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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Examples of afterward in a Sentence

He found out about it long afterward. Afterward, she got a promotion.
Recent Examples on the Web Tua Tagovailoa, the Alabama quarterback who could follow him shortly afterward in the draft, thrived the same way. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Patrick Mahomes Generation of Quarterbacks," 3 Feb. 2020 Shortly afterward, Friends premiered on his network. Keyaira Boone, Essence, "David Schwimmer Tells Erika Alexander He 'Meant No Disrespect' After 'Friends' Comment," 31 Jan. 2020 Doumbouya was benched for the rest of the game shortly afterward. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons struggling rookie Sekou Doumbouya could be sent to G-League," 30 Jan. 2020 Shortly afterward, however, an anonymous caller told police dispatch the woman was seen pushing a bag of marijuana into her shirt before entering a Walgreens, according to the report. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Police report finding narcotics stashes during Friendswood traffic stops," 30 Jan. 2020 The ReachNow car sharing service shut down its Portland operations last summer and Car2Go shuttered its Portland operation shortly afterward. oregonlive, "Transit tech company Moovel will lay off 39 in Portland as it scales back," 28 Jan. 2020 Authorities were called to the crash along the river shortly afterward. CBS News, "California man dies after hurtling 400 feet across river in his Mercedes after 100 mph police chase," 23 Jan. 2020 The capsule landed softly shortly afterward in the Atlantic Ocean, floating down under a quartet of parachutes, completing a test designed to show that the astronauts would be flown to safety if there ever were a problem with the rocket. Christian Davenport, Washington Post, "SpaceX completes a key test of its Dragon capsule, paving the way for its first human spaceflight," 19 Jan. 2020 Shortly afterward, the administration announced that Kataeb Hezbollah (KH), one of the largely Shia militias that form part of Iraq’s military infrastructure, was responsible for the attack. Steven Simon, The New York Review of Books, "The Middle East: Trump Blunders In," 16 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of afterward was in the 13th century

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“Afterward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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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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