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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Francis was relieved thereafter by baseman Emily Mendes. Vincent Nguyen,, "Burbank 9-10-11 Little League softball All-Stars claim state championship," 9 July 2019 Like Zambrotta, Cannavaro abandoned ship when Juventus were relegated to Serie B, and like Zambrotta, his powers quickly waned thereafter., "Italy vs France: Where the 2006 World Cup Winners Are Today," 9 July 2019 Immediately thereafter, it was denied an emergency line of credit by a bank and abruptly shut down its Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines. David Roberts, Vox, "Coal left Appalachia devastated. Now it’s doing the same to Wyoming.," 9 July 2019 Kennedy committed via Twitter to TCU in April, and the Horned Frogs welcomed him to the family via Twitter shortly thereafter. Dave Clark,, "Report: Xavier transfer Keonte Kennedy leaves TCU for UTEP," 8 July 2019 Gathering of family and friends Wednesday, July 10th, 2019, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 PM followed by a Prayer Service and Celebration of Life Service at 1:00 PM. and a reception thereafter all at Landmark Funeral Home., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/7," 7 July 2019 Not long thereafter the game was halted for 40 minutes due to rain, the second delay in as many days for the teams. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pirates 6, Brewers 5: Stumbling into the break," 7 July 2019 But his work became a sign of the relative prosperity, optimism and romance of Brazil during the period of Juscelino Kubitschek’s presidency in the late 1950s, and thereafter an ideal of musical restraint and mystery. Ben Ratliff, New York Times, "João Gilberto, an Architect of Bossa Nova, Is Dead at 88," 6 July 2019 Wisler was drafted by the Padres in 2011 and was shortly thereafter considered the top pitching prospect. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Recognition will come with wins; Cordero, Castillo updates; Hosmer stays second; Wisler traded again," 5 July 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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