there·​af·​ter | \ t͟her-ˈaf-tər How to pronounce thereafter (audio) \

Definition of thereafter

1 : after that
2 archaic : according to that : accordingly

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Synonyms & Antonyms for thereafter


after, afterward (or afterwards), later, latterly, subsequently


afore [chiefly dialect], ahead, antecedently, anteriorly, before, beforehand, earlier, previously

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Examples of thereafter in a Sentence

Thereafter, the two companies operated in full partnership. gave his farewell speech and left the room shortly thereafter

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My father passed shortly thereafter, but his lessons stayed with me. Brittany Packnett, Teen Vogue, "We Can’t Just Show Up For Social Justice Issues When It Impacts Our Own Lives," 21 Mar. 2019 Washington obtained a video of the assault and sent it to the girl on March 2, 2018, Hamilton said, and the girl or her family contacted police shortly thereafter. Eric Olson, The Seattle Times, "Nebraska RB Washington faces charges tied to assault video," 11 Feb. 2019 If there was a legal determination that the defendant violated securities laws, the defendant would thereafter be barred in any shareholder suit from denying what a trier of fact has concluded. WSJ, "In Defense of SEC Settlement Gag Clauses," 28 Jan. 2019 The two were clearly together then, but there's a chance that things went south shortly thereafter. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Are "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" Stars Lana Condor and Noah Centineo Dating?," 24 Aug. 2018 The plane was battered by heavy winds and rains while trekking over the Gulf of Mexico, and Captain Carlos Dardano realized that his engines wouldn’t start shortly thereafter. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "8 Emergency Landings That Rival the 'Miracle on the Hudson'," 15 Jan. 2019 Shortly thereafter, Karen Brown found paw prints and open drawers in her nearby kitchen. Fox News, "As wildlife abounds, minivan, muffin mix bear the brunt," 18 Sep. 2018 Whitney ultimately made the choice to part ways with her in the late ’90s, and her career began to decline shortly thereafter. Janine Rubenstein,, "Whitney Houston's Friends and Family Reveal Truth About Her Romance with Robyn Crawford," 12 July 2018 Shortly thereafter, around October 10 of last year, Selena was hospitalized for reportedly having a mental breakdown. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Selena Gomez Breaks Her Silence To Thank Fans on Instagram After Year Of "Challenges"," 14 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of thereafter

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

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English Language Learners Definition of thereafter

formal : after that


there·​af·​ter | \ t͟her-ˈaf-tər How to pronounce thereafter (audio) \

Kids Definition of thereafter

: after that A policeman asked him why he was running. … Shortly thereafter, Stanley was arrested.— Louis Sachar, Holes

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