there·​af·​ter | \t͟her-ˈaf-tər \

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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While the series was well-received and quickly earned a second-season renewal, the production fell apart shortly thereafter. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "American Gods season 2 finally has a release date," 5 Dec. 2018 Shortly thereafter the first stage descended to a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean and landed safely. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX flies rocket for the third time, will attempt fairing re-use [Updated]," 3 Dec. 2018 Shortly after Mac’s death in September, Ariana also paid tribute to him with a single black-and-white photo of the rapper, followed by an adorable video of Mac and Ari's nonna shortly thereafter. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Responded to a Troll Who Accused Her of "Milking" Mac Miller's Death," 26 Nov. 2018 Shortly thereafter a gunman entered Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue, shouting anti-semitic slurs while killing 11 Jewish worshippers. Bree Newsome, SELF, "The 2018 Midterm Elections Proved That Change Must Happen from the Ground Up," 15 Nov. 2018 Musk did not file any kind of formal SEC documents alongside the tweet, but his claim still sent Tesla’s stock soaring, and the stock halted trading shortly thereafter. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Kara Swisher’s new podcast, why Snap will get acquired," 28 Sep. 2018 Expect the first ray traced games to appear shortly thereafter. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Ray traced games won't launch with Nvidia's GeForce RTX graphics cards," 14 Sep. 2018 Other probes will target other nearby alien worlds in relatively short order thereafter. Mike Wall,, "Interstellar Travel Requires a Long-Term Approach (and Humans Are Too Impatient)," 10 Aug. 2018 Soon thereafter, German cockroaches were discovered that were fully resistant to DDT, which for a time was promoted by the federal government for use on farms and in households. Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, "Our Attempts to Eradicate Insects are Just Making them Resistant to Pesticides," 16 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of thereafter

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

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

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English Language Learners Definition of thereafter

: after that


there·​af·​ter | \t͟her-ˈaf-tər \

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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