hereafter

1 of 3

adverb

here·​af·​ter hir-ˈaf-tər How to pronounce hereafter (audio)
1
: after this in sequence or in time
2
: in some future time or state

hereafter

2 of 3

noun

often capitalized
1
: future
2
: an existence beyond earthly life
belief in the hereafter

hereafter

3 of 3

adjective

archaic
: future

Example Sentences

Adverb Hereafter the two companies will operate in full partnership. We don't know what will happen hereafter. Noun apologized, for being late to the meeting and assured his boss that there would be no such recurrences in the hereafter hoped to be reunited with his deceased wife in the hereafter
Recent Examples on the Web
Adverb
That’s why the 2018 announcement of the properties of NGC 1052-DF2, hereafter known as DF2 for short, came as such a shock. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 22 June 2021 In ancient times, families hoped that through such intercession, the dead person would receive a better place in the life hereafter. Rabbi Avi Weiss, sun-sentinel.com, 26 Apr. 2021 And now for some bad news: Aside from an occasional episode shared out of the goodness of my heart, Plaintext will hereafter be available only for subscribers. Steven Levy, Wired, 21 Jan. 2021 The Washington Team – hereafter known in This Space as the Teamskins – already have started 3 QBs this season. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 19 Nov. 2020 Saying that to them out loud, and thanking them, would be a fitting end bracket to this period — and a start to your seeing their choices hereafter as standing up for themselves. Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2020 There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent. William Anthony Hay, WSJ, 15 Apr. 2020 According to Mitchell, Wray, and Watts (hereafter MW&W), the standard approach, which relates the present value of tax revenue to the present value of government spending and the government debt, is misleading. WSJ, 14 Jan. 2020 The detective won’t forget, not on any Christmas Eve hereafter, his awful duty to carry out a little body as evidence of a felony. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, 6 June 2019
Noun
The otherworlds that Véra claimed were central to his metaphysics don’t necessarily exist in a temporal hereafter, but rather in a spatial here and now. Ryan Ruby, Harper’s Magazine , 26 Oct. 2022 Others of us prefer her messing with the hereafter alongside Kevin Bacon and Kiefer Sutherland. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 16 Sep. 2022 And rules about who can be sealed to whom in the hereafter via proxy rituals are different from living couples. The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Aug. 2022 The church should excommunicate these two leaders of an atheistic, communist state, signaling that the punishment might well be extended to the hereafter. WSJ, 7 July 2022 On the individual level, the Talmud states, there is no reward for doing a mitzvah in this world; that comes in the hereafter (Kiddushin 39b). Rabbi Avi Weiss, Sun Sentinel, 23 May 2022 All are songs of loss, love, hope and faith in the hereafter — the greatest tribute Willie Nelson could offer his beloved sister. Thom Duffy, Billboard, 18 Mar. 2022 Industry captains say that the economy has bottomed out and will be on an upswing hereafter reaching pre-covid levels in another six months. Ramakrishnan Narayanan, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 Somewhere in the hereafter, Tony Stark is exceedingly jealous. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 14 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adverb

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

Noun

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1591, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Hereafter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hereafter. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

hereafter 1 of 2

adverb

here·​af·​ter hi(ə)r-ˈaf-tər How to pronounce hereafter (audio)
1
: after this
2
: in some future time or state

hereafter

2 of 2

noun

often capitalized
1
2
: life after death
belief in the hereafter

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