there·​af·​ter t͟her-ˈaf-tər How to pronounce thereafter (audio)
: after that
archaic : according to that : accordingly

Examples of thereafter in a Sentence

Thereafter, the two companies operated in full partnership. gave his farewell speech and left the room shortly thereafter
Recent Examples on the Web Shortly thereafter, a man entered her home through a window and stabbed her, police records show. Omar Rodríguez Ortiz, Miami Herald, 11 May 2024 Ketoconazole shampoo should only be used for the first 2 to 3 weeks with a maximum of three times per week, and then thereafter should be used no more than twice per week, Gaunitz says. April Benshosan, Verywell Health, 9 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for thereafter 

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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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“Thereafter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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there·​af·​ter t͟ha-ˈraf-tər How to pronounce thereafter (audio)
: after that
it was returned shortly thereafter

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