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 Bryant went out like a champion, dropping 60 points on the Jazz and receiving a Champagne shower in the locker room afterward. Los Angeles Times, "Dropping 60 in finale ‘too unbelievable,’ Kobe Bryant said in 2018 video interview," 13 Apr. 2021 Data Sheet’s Aaron Pressman caught up with Intel’s very new CEO Pat Gelsinger afterward. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "At long last, Biden assembles ‘cyber dream team’," 13 Apr. 2021 Benedict was playing rugby with some friends on an intramural city team and his teammates talked him into grabbing a drink afterward. Heidi Stevens,, "Column: Chicago couple undergoes state’s first kidney transplant between HIV-positive patients. ‘They are really pioneers.’," 12 Apr. 2021 But that 2011 study also said such surgeries eased gender dysphoria and improved care afterward. Marc Ramirez, USA TODAY, "'Children will die': Transgender advocates warn about risks as more states consider banning gender-affirming care for kids," 12 Apr. 2021 The plant’s power was restored shortly afterward and its distribution system was flushed, but officials started evaluating water samples for bacteria as a precaution. Katie Rice,, "Boil water advisory extended in southeast Seminole County, officials say," 12 Apr. 2021 Shortly afterward, Major, and the Biden's older German shepherd, Champ, were removed from the White House and taken to the Bidens' Wilmington, Delaware, home. Kate Bennett, CNN, "Major Biden to get training after two biting incidents," 12 Apr. 2021 The right-hander allowed a couple early walks and an infield single by Willson Contreras prior to the Bryant blast, and registered six of his 10 strikeouts afterward. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 6, Cubs 3: Slumping hitters, led by Luis Urías, key six-run sixth for Milwaukee," 12 Apr. 2021 Hentschel also said Macintosh was not initially aware of Clous’ gun display and it was only brought to her attention afterward by other attendees of the Zoom meeting. Annie Doyle, Detroit Free Press, "Grand Traverse County official who flashed gun on Zoom faces federal lawsuit," 12 Apr. 2021

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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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16 Apr 2021

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“Afterward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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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