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Definitions for afterward
ˈæf tər wərd, ˈɑf-af·ter·ward

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"


  1. afterwardadverb

    subsequently to some other action

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Afterwardadverb

    In succeeding time; sometimes written afterwards, but less properly.

    Etymology: from after, and weard, Sax.

    Uses not thought upon before, may afterward spring up, and be reasonable causes of retaining that, which former considerations did formerly procure to be instituted. Richard Hooker.

    An anxious distrust of the divine goodness, makes a man more and more unworthy of it; and miserable beforehand, for fear of being so afterward. Roger L'Estrange.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Afterwardadverb

    at a later or succeeding time

  2. Etymology: [AS. fteweard, a., behind. See Aft, and -ward (suffix). The final s in afterwards is adverbial, orig. a genitive ending.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Afterward

    aft′ėr-ward, Afterwards, aft′ėr-wardz, adv. in after-time: later: subsequently. [A.S. æftenweard.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. afterward

    A space of time in which something happens after something else has happened, as, life, death; love, disillusion; riches, gout; wine, headache; unselfishness, regret.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of afterward in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of afterward in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of afterward in a Sentence

  1. William Schaffner:

    Measles is the most highly infectious virus that we know of and can be transmitted fairly readily to susceptible individuals, the measles virus can hover in the air and be infectious for hours afterward.

  2. Evelyn Yang:

    My personal life and this growing public life -- theyre not separate.In this case, my experience with thesexual assault and then what happened --all that happened afterward is such a powerful and upsetting example of the truth that women are living with every day, and I just happen to have a platform to talk about it. I need to use that voice. I feel like its something thats an obligation but also a privilege and a gift that I get to share my story now and also help other women.

  3. Owen Labrie:

    I wanted to boast to my friends afterward. I misled them.

  4. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

    I shot an arrow into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; For so swiftly it flew, the sight Could not follow it in its flight. I breathed a song into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; For, who has sight so keen and strong That it can follow the flight of song? Long, long afterward, in an oak I found the arrow, still unbroken; And the song, from beginning to end, I found again in the heart of a friend.

  5. Frank Siller:

    Its important that we remember as Americans that we make a promise to these families [of men and women] who go out and die for us, that were going to take care of their families afterward.

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  • এরপরে, তার পরে, তার পর, এর পর, এর পরে, তারপর, তারপরেBengali
  • en seguida, consecuentementeSpanish
  • après, ultérieurement, après coup, ensuiteFrench
  • in seguito, poi, successivamente, dopoItalian
  • posteaLatin
  • muriMāori
  • em seguidaPortuguese
  • sau đó, sau này, về sauVietnamese

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