here·​af·​ter | \ hir-ˈaf-tər How to pronounce hereafter (audio) \

Definition of hereafter

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : after this in sequence or in time
2 : in some future time or state


noun, often capitalized

Definition of hereafter (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : future
2 : an existence beyond earthly life belief in the hereafter



Definition of hereafter (Entry 3 of 3)

: future

Synonyms & Antonyms for hereafter

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of hereafter in a Sentence

Adverb Hereafter the two companies will operate in full partnership. We don't know what will happen hereafter. Noun apologized, for being late to the meeting and assured his boss that there would be no such recurrences in the hereafter hoped to be reunited with his deceased wife in the hereafter
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb That’s why the 2018 announcement of the properties of NGC 1052-DF2, hereafter known as DF2 for short, came as such a shock. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 22 June 2021 In ancient times, families hoped that through such intercession, the dead person would receive a better place in the life hereafter. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, 26 Apr. 2021 And now for some bad news: Aside from an occasional episode shared out of the goodness of my heart, Plaintext will hereafter be available only for subscribers. Steven Levy, Wired, 21 Jan. 2021 The Washington Team – hereafter known in This Space as the Teamskins – already have started 3 QBs this season. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 19 Nov. 2020 Saying that to them out loud, and thanking them, would be a fitting end bracket to this period — and a start to your seeing their choices hereafter as standing up for themselves. Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2020 There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent. William Anthony Hay, WSJ, 15 Apr. 2020 According to Mitchell, Wray, and Watts (hereafter MW&W), the standard approach, which relates the present value of tax revenue to the present value of government spending and the government debt, is misleading. WSJ, 14 Jan. 2020 The detective won’t forget, not on any Christmas Eve hereafter, his awful duty to carry out a little body as evidence of a felony. Tim Prudente,, 6 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On the individual level, the Talmud states, there is no reward for doing a mitzvah in this world; that comes in the hereafter (Kiddushin 39b). Rabbi Avi Weiss, Sun Sentinel, 23 May 2022 All are songs of loss, love, hope and faith in the hereafter — the greatest tribute Willie Nelson could offer his beloved sister. Thom Duffy, Billboard, 18 Mar. 2022 Industry captains say that the economy has bottomed out and will be on an upswing hereafter reaching pre-covid levels in another six months. Ramakrishnan Narayanan, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 Somewhere in the hereafter, Tony Stark is exceedingly jealous. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 14 July 2021 And yet, though the book’s hereafter looks backward to us today, there’s something very timely about its play with gender fluidity and the social construction of identity. Noah Berlatsky, Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2021 Flash forward 50 years: Both my parents recently passed into the hereafter. Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2021 In spiritual seclusion, Muslims reflect on their faith, their relationship with Allah (SWT), their relationships with others, where their life is going, and the hereafter. Nadia Ebrahim,, 12 Apr. 2021 Instead, the film takes an open, and almost radically vulnerable, look at the future of being famous, a hereafter Eilish is crafting before our very eyes. Angela Watercutter, Wired, 26 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of hereafter


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1591, in the meaning defined above

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“Hereafter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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here·​af·​ter | \ hir-ˈaf-tər How to pronounce hereafter (audio) \

Kids Definition of hereafter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : after this We will hereafter have a shorter recess.
2 : in some future time or state We can only guess what will happen hereafter.



Kids Definition of hereafter (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : life after death

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