there·af·ter | \t͟her-ˈaf-tər \

Definition of thereafter 

1 : after that

2 archaic : according to that : accordingly

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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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For months thereafter, Mama circled the apartment grandma died in like a finger around an angry wound. Sadia Hassan, Longreads, "Silence is a Lonely Country: A Prayer in Twelve Parts," 13 July 2018 Shortly thereafter, Evernote hit the scene and my dreams became a reality. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Maybe We Should Be Storing Everything as Plain Text," 13 July 2018 Only White, who knocked a fifth-inning solo home run, reached scoring position thereafter — a quiet ending to a game McCullers' shaky start left out of reach almost instantly. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Athletics hammer Lance McCullers in Astros' loss," 12 July 2018 Will pump prices pummel your driving budget this summer — and thereafter? Ken Fisher, USA TODAY, "Why rising gas prices won't last, even after Trump ends Iran nuclear deal," 20 May 2018 As a result, Robinson’s obstetrician ordered that the nurse immediately give her blood pressure medication intravenously, and then every four hours thereafter. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "Harvey family settles wrongful death suit with Ingalls for $4M, lawyer says," 9 May 2018 He was sustained, then and thereafter, by a team of helpers and personal assistants, as well as his family. Martin Rees, Newsweek, "A Brief History of My Friend Stephen Hawking, the Man Who Changed Our Times," 14 Mar. 2018 Specifically, the response of law enforcement officers during the shooting and immediately thereafter is of extreme public interest. Paula Mcmahon,, "Media companies sue for security videos from exterior of Stoneman Douglas building," 26 Feb. 2018 The state moved that date up a month each year, and in 2014-15 and thereafter, students were required to be five years old by Sept. 1 to enroll in kindergarten. Deborah Sullivan Brennan,, "North County mother presses for transitional kindergarten in all districts," 13 Jan. 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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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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