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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But Pagan injured a hamstring on the dash and was not the same thereafter. Henry Schulman,, "Giants return to the scene of an odd, tense trade deadline as possible sellers again," 29 July 2019 Shortly thereafter, the Neville Brothers officially became a band as well as a family unit. Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times, "Art Neville, co-founder of Meters and Neville Brothers, dies at 81," 22 July 2019 Shortly thereafter, the Neville Brothers officially became a band as well as a family unit. Randy Lewis, Washington Post, "Art Neville, funky mainstay of New Orleans, died at 81," 22 July 2019 Shortly thereafter, Alpine became the leading honey-producer in the nation – and continued producing honey until the 1970s. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Alpine: At 2,000 feet, the gateway to San Diego’s backcountry," 30 June 2019 Melanie Savage started as a freelancer with the ReminderNews in 2007, and became a staff reporter shortly thereafter. Melanie Savage,, "Willimantic Farmers Market Is In Full Swing," 24 June 2019 The crew donned their oxygen masks and shortly thereafter the captain became incapacitated from decompression sickness. Washington Post,, "Investigators insist MH370 crash was an accident, not a mass murder-suicide by pilot," 22 May 2018 New clients pay $35 for one week of unlimited classes; thereafter, $24 per class. Kavita Daswani, Los Angeles Times, "Ballroom Burn: It’s a ‘joyful’ workout that blasts calories," 20 July 2019 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

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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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a period when something is suspended

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