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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.


  1. Afterward

    "Afterward" is a short story by American writer Edith Wharton. It was first published in the 1910 edition of The Century Magazine. and later reprinted in her books The Collected Short Stories of Edith Wharton and Tales of Men and Ghosts (1910). It is an ironic ghost story about greed and retribution. The ghost comes for one of the main characters long after a business transgression where the character wronged another.


  1. afterward

    Afterward is an adverb referring to a period of time following a particular event or action. It signifies that something happens later or as a result of something else.

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. Jordan Spieth:

    I was asked afterward, and I had two goals: I wanted to win the Masters at one point, and I wanted to be the best player in the world, those were my two lifelong goals.

  2. Donald Trump:

    I think what the president is doing is expressing frustration that Attorney General Sessions should have shared these reasons for recusal before Attorney General Sessions took the job, not afterward. If I were the president and I picked someone to be the country’s chief law enforcement officers and they told me later, ‘ oh by the way I ’m not going to be able to participate on the most important case in the office, ’ I would be frustrated too.

  3. Owen Labrie:

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

  4. Jose Chua Lopez:

    We needed $15,000 and we put together a little bit more, just for the evaluation afterward, the double transplant would cost around $2 million. ... For now, I don't want to think about that.

  5. Saint Francis Xavier:

    Give me the children until they are seven and anyone may have them 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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