What does After mean?

Definitions for After
ˈæf tər, ˈɑf-After

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word After.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. after(a)adverb

    located farther aft

  2. subsequently, later, afterwards, afterward, after, later onadverb

    happening at a time subsequent to a reference time

    "he apologized subsequently"; "he's going to the store but he'll be back here later"; "it didn't happen until afterward"; "two hours after that"

  3. afteradverb

    behind or in the rear

    "and Jill came tumbling after"


  1. afteradverb

    Behind; later in time; following.

  2. afteradjective

    Later; second (of two); next, following, subsequent

  3. afteradjective

    At or towards the stern of a ship

  4. afterpreposition

    subsequently to; following in time; later than.

  5. afterpreposition


    he will leave a trail of destruction after him

  6. afterpreposition

    in pursuit of, seeking

  7. afterpreposition

    in allusion to, in imitation of; following or referencing

  8. afterpreposition

    next in importance or rank

    The princess is next in line to the throne after the prince.

  9. afterpreposition

    as a result of

    After your bad behaviour, you will be punished.

  10. afterpreposition

    in spite of

    After all that has happened, he is still my friend.

  11. afterconjunction

    Signifies that the action of the clause it starts takes place before the action of the other clause.

    I went home after we had decided to call it a day.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. After

    is compounded with many words, but almost always in its genuine and primitive signification;

  2. Afteradverb

    Far be it from me, to justify the cruelties which were at first used towards them, which had their reward soon after. Francis Bacon.

    The chief were those who, from the pit of hell
    Roaming to seek their prey on earth, durst fix
    Their seats long after next the seat of God. Paradise Lost.

    Let go thy hold, when a great wheel runs down a hill, lest it break thy neck with following it; but the great one that goes upward, let him draw thee after. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

  3. Afterprep.

    Etymology: æfter, Sax.

    What says lord Warwick, shall we after them? ——
    —— After them! nay, before them, if we can. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    After whom is the king of Israel come out? After whom dost thou pursue? After a dead dog, after a flea. 1 Sam. xxiv. 14.

    Sometimes I placed a third prism after a second, and sometimes also a fourth after the third, by all which the image might be often refracted sideways. Isaac Newton, Opticks.

    Good after ill, and after pain delight;
    Alternate, like the scenes of day and night. John Dryden, Fab.

    We shall examine the ways of conveyance of the sovereignty of Adam to princes that were to reign after him. John Locke.

    He that thinketh Spain our over-match, is no good mintman, but takes greatness of kingdoms according to bulk and currency, and not after their intrinsic value. Francis Bacon.

    There are, among the old Roman statues, several of Venus, in different postures and habits; as there are many particular figures of her made after the same design. Joseph Addison, Italy.

    This allusion is after the oriental manner: thus in the psalms, how frequently are persons compared to cedars. Alexander Pope, Od. notes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Afteradjective

    next; later in time; subsequent; succeeding; as, an after period of life

  2. Afteradjective

    hinder; nearer the rear

  3. Afteradjective

    to ward the stern of the ship; -- applied to any object in the rear part of a vessel; as the after cabin, after hatchway

  4. After

    behind in place; as, men in line one after another

  5. After

    below in rank; next to in order

  6. After

    later in time; subsequent; as, after supper, after three days. It often precedes a clause. Formerly that was interposed between it and the clause

  7. After

    subsequent to and in consequence of; as, after what you have said, I shall be careful

  8. After

    subsequent to and notwithstanding; as, after all our advice, you took that course

  9. After

    moving toward from behind; following, in search of; in pursuit of

  10. After

    denoting the aim or object; concerning; in relation to; as, to look after workmen; to inquire after a friend; to thirst after righteousness

  11. After

    in imitation of; in conformity with; after the manner of; as, to make a thing after a model; a picture after Rubens; the boy takes after his father

  12. After

    according to; in accordance with; in conformity with the nature of; as, he acted after his kind

  13. After

    according to the direction and influence of; in proportion to; befitting

  14. Afteradverb

    subsequently in time or place; behind; afterward; as, he follows after

  15. Etymology: [AS. fter after, behind; akin to Goth. aftaro, aftra, backwards, Icel. aptr, Sw. and Dan. efter, OHG. aftar behind, Dutch and LG. achter, Gr. 'apwte`rw further off. The ending -ter is an old comparative suffix, in E. generally -ther (as in other), and after is a compar. of of, off. 194. See Of; cf. Aft.]


  1. After

    After is a young adult novel written by Francine Prose. After a school shooting 50 miles away, the new grief and crisis counselor attempts to control the students' lives, using the recent tragedy as an excuse. The school gradually is controlled by the grip of the administration, and students who do not comply with the new rules disappear, never to be seen again. Its plot is reminiscent of Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. This novel was first published in 2003, and the nearby school shooting is reminiscent of the Columbine High School massacre in 1999. Described in the New York Times Book Review as a "rich parable", this novel has as a theme the threat to freedom posed by an excessive concern for security.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. After

    aft′ėr, prep. and adv. behind in place: later in time: following in search of: in imitation of: in proportion to, or in agreement with: concerning: subsequent to, or subsequently: afterward: after the manner of, or in imitation of.—adj. behind in place: later in time: more toward the stern of a vessel. [A.S. æfter, comp. of af, or of, the primary meaning being 'more off,' 'farther away;' -ter as a comparative affix is seen in L. al-ter, Eng. o-ther. See Of.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. after

    A comparative adjective, applied to any object in the hind part of a ship or boat; as, the after-cabin, the after-hatchway, &c.--After sails, yards, and braces--those attached to the main and mizen masts. Opposed to fore.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'After' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #95

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'After' in Written Corpus Frequency: #215

Anagrams for After »

  1. trafe

  2. afret

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of After in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of After in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of After in a Sentence

  1. Jennifer Benz:

    Asking to shadow someone and being able to sit in on meetings and ask questions and debrief after the meeting -- that is a great way to learn.

  2. Carolyn Maloney:

    After numerous court victories, I am pleased that The House Oversight Committee has now reached an agreement to obtain key financial documents that former President Trump fought for years to hide from Congress.

  3. John Madden:

    I knew after I did the first couple games that that’s what I wanted to do, this is it. I embraced it.

  4. Oscar W. Firkins:

    All men love peace in their armchairs after dinner but they disbelieve the other nations's professions, rightly measuring its sincerity by their own.

  5. Jay Fegan:

    When I first came here, after the fall of the wall, there was so much devastation everywhere, just see what is coming up around it -- the money and investment that has been brought into it -- it's got a real nice community feel to it.

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  • naAfrikaans
  • በኋላAmharic
  • بعد, وراء, خلفArabic
  • подир, след, зад, според, по, следващ, след катоBulgarian
  • en acabat, acabat de, després de, més tard, en acabat de, després, acabat, després que, en acabat que, acabat queCatalan, Valencian
  • po, na, potom, za, podleCzech
  • efter, på trods af, bagefter, som følge af, senereDanish
  • nach, darauf, trotz, wegen, hinterher, hinter, nachdemGerman
  • ύστερα, μετά, έπειτα, κατόπινGreek
  • postEsperanto
  • después, por, tras, a pesar de, después de, detrás deSpanish
  • pärastEstonian
  • پس از, بعد, بعد از, در پیPersian
  • jälkeen, mukaillen, mukaan, yli, seurauksena, takia, perään, jäljessä, takana, taakse, huolimatta, perässä, vuoksi, seuraava, kun, sen jälkeen, kunFinnish
  • après, d'après, derrièreFrench
  • neffens, nei, efter oan, efter, troch, omWestern Frisian
  • tar éis, i ndiaidhIrish
  • an dèidh làimhe, an dèidh, seach, air, an dèidh sin, an dèidh doScottish Gaelic
  • למרות, בעקבות, אחרי, מאחור, לאחרHebrew
  • बादHindi
  • apreHaitian Creole
  • utánHungarian
  • հետո, ետևից, պատճառով, պատվին, հետևիցArmenian
  • depois, postInterlingua
  • setelahIndonesian
  • eftirIcelandic
  • il fatto che, da, in seguito, dopo, seguente, sparte, poi, per causa di, dietroItalian
  • לאחרHebrew
  • 後ろ, 後Japanese
  • ನಂತರKannada
  • 연유하여, 다음, 따라서, 추구하여, 뒤, 앞, 후Korean
  • پاش ئه‌وه‌, دوای ئه‌وه‌, دواییKurdish
  • post, postquamLatin
  • nodeemLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • ຫລັງຈາກLao
  • waraMaltese
  • naar, achter, na, ondanks, door, vanwege, nadatDutch
  • senere, etter, bak, etterpå, etter atNorwegian
  • ପଛରେ, ପରେOriya
  • poPolish
  • apesar de, devido a, depois de, atrás de, por causa de, depois, segundo, porPortuguese
  • după, în urma, pe urmele, peste, ca urmare a, în căutareaRomanian
  • в поисках, потом, за, сзади, после, позади, в результате, по мотивам, из-за, в честьRussian
  • posle, после, по, unatoč, унаточ, za, po, због, иза, за, zbog, izaSerbo-Croatian
  • za, poSlovene
  • pasAlbanian
  • senare, efterSwedish
  • baadaSwahili
  • பிறகுTamil
  • తరువాతTelugu
  • หลังจากThai
  • hiliTonga (Tonga Islands)
  • arkasında, sonra, ardında, yerine, sonrasında, sonucunda, peşinde, ardındanTurkish
  • післяUkrainian
  • بعدUrdu
  • sauVietnamese
  • נאָךYiddish
  • Chinese

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    assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing
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