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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)


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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb 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,, "Speaking for baby Rose: How a Baltimore detective found his purpose investigating child abuse," 6 June 2019 But for some reason, the 25th wing (hereafter, The Phantom Wing) costs only 55 cents. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "The true madness of a viral wing pricing scheme," 28 Oct. 2018 In a special exhibition entitled hereafter, the world’s changing ecosystem is examined in the context of its effect on the living environment. Grace Dickinson,, "Philadelphia Flower Show plagued with a history of wet, inclement weather," 2 Mar. 2018 Instead, be nothing but warm and welcoming to his family hereafter, and consider tweaking or outright eliminating items on the wedding agenda that expose these cultural differences. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "The secret to happiness is self-honesty," 14 Oct. 2017 Our history will appear a gigantic lie hereafter, when we are shrunk again to our own little island. Brooke Allen, WSJ, "The Word From Strawberry Hill," 8 Sep. 2017 Hereafter, the defendant is to avoid guns, individuals who carry guns and gang culture. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "With victim's mom by his side, teen takes plea deal for friend's death in gunfight," 8 Aug. 2017 Life is not some temporary staging before the big show hereafter Michael Shermer, Scientific American, "Why the “You” in an Afterlife Wouldn't Really Be You," 26 June 2017 And, hereafter: Always be mindful of the price point and service level of a restaurant before making demands of the staff. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "Insulted parents need to learn some dining-out manners," 25 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The open-ended ending is great, as is Stewart’s haunting exploration of a woman caught between the right here and the hereafter. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "The 10 best Kristen Stewart films, ranked (including 'Underwater' but not 'Twilight')," 9 Jan. 2020 The common people or souls of heaven resided eternally in the suburbs away from the main drag of the hereafter. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Mike Lynch: Heavenly Halloween hauntings," 27 Oct. 2019 The gift speaks volumes about the benefits that big donors receive from their philanthropy, both in this life and the hereafter, and about the economics of billionaire philanthropy itself. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Resnicks set a record with Caltech gift, but altruism isn’t the whole story," 1 Oct. 2019 Maybe Don Hilario can commission a full-pager from the hereafter to fund our good work? Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, "For over 137 years, no newspaper has covered Mexican food better than the L.A. Times," 17 Sep. 2019 His life hereafter will be one of slow disintegration. Thrity Umrigar, WSJ, "Five Best: Thrity Umrigar," 16 Aug. 2018 Other stars who have already hit concert stages from the hereafter, or who have digital resurrections in the planning stages, include slain rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur, who performed at Coachella in 2012 some 16 years after his death. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "He's been dead for 30 years. But he's coming in concert to South Florida," 10 July 2018 Like the West Oak Lane hod carrier who in 1925 whacked his coworker with a bundle of bricks, knocking him through a hole in a roof, 12 feet to the ground below, and into the hereafter. Mike Newall,, "Locked away in a closet, Philly's historical homicide files tell the story of a young, cruel city | Mike Newall," 22 June 2018 The feast is about destiny and art, and the joy of living in the now rather than sacrificing for the hereafter. Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Times, "Review: ‘Babette’s Feast’ Is Served, This Time Onstage," 26 Mar. 2018

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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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The first known use of hereafter was before the 12th century

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“Hereafter.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hereafter

: after this : from now on
: in a future time or state


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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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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