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Meaning of AFTER

Pronunciation:  'aftur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adv]  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"
  2. [adv]  behind or in the rear; "and Jill came tumbling after"

AFTER is a 5 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: afterward, afterwards, later, later on, subsequently



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Aft"er\ ([.a]ft"t[~e]r), a. [AS. [ae]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. [root]194. See {Of}; cf. {Aft}.]
    1. Next; later in time; subsequent; succeeding; as, an after
       period of life. --Marshall.
    Note: In this sense the word is sometimes needlessly combined
          with the following noun, by means of a hyphen, as,
          after-ages, after-act, after-days, after-life. For the
          most part the words are properly kept separate when
          after has this meaning.
    2. Hinder; nearer the rear. (Naut.) To ward the stern of the
       ship; -- applied to any object in the rear part of a
       vessel; as the after cabin, after hatchway.
    Note: It is often combined with its noun; as, after-bowlines,
          after-braces, after-sails, after-yards, those on the
          mainmasts and mizzenmasts.
    {After body} (Naut.), the part of a ship abaft the dead flat,
       or middle part.
  2. \Aft"er\, prep.
    1. Behind in place; as, men in line one after another. ``Shut
       doors after you.'' --Shak.
    2. Below in rank; next to in order. --Shak.
             Codrus after Ph?bus sings the best.   --Dryden.
    3. Later in time; subsequent; as, after supper, after three
       days. It often precedes a clause. Formerly that was
       interposed between it and the clause.
             After I am risen again, I will go before you into
             Galilee.                              --Matt. xxvi.
    4. Subsequent to and in consequence of; as, after what you
       have said, I shall be careful.
    5. Subsequent to and notwithstanding; as, after all our
       advice, you took that course.
    6. Moving toward from behind; following, in search of; in
       pursuit of.
             Ye shall not go after other gods.     --Deut. vi.
             After whom is the king of Israel come out? --1 Sam.
                                                   xxiv. 14.
    7. Denoting the aim or object; concerning; in relation to;
       as, to look after workmen; to inquire after a friend; to
       thirst after righteousness.
    8. 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.
    {To name} or {call after}, to name like and reference to.
             Our eldest son was named George after his uncle.
    9. According to; in accordance with; in conformity with the
       nature of; as, he acted after his kind.
             He shall not judge after the sight of his eyes.
                                                   --Isa. xi. 3.
             They that are after the flesh do mind the things of
             the flesh.                            --Rom. viii.
    10. According to the direction and influence of; in
        proportion to; befitting. [Archaic]
              He takes greatness of kingdoms according to bulk
              and currency, and not after their intrinsic value.
    {After all}, when everything has been considered; upon the
    {After} (with the same noun preceding and following), as,
       wave after wave, day after day, several or many (waves,
       etc.) successively.
    {One after another}, successively.
    {To be after}, to be in pursuit of in order to reach or get;
       as, he is after money.
  3. \Aft"er\, adv.
    Subsequently in time or place; behind; afterward; as, he
    follows after.
          It was about the space of three hours after. --Acts. v.
    Note: After is prefixed to many words, forming compounds, but
          retaining its usual signification. The prefix may be
          adverbial, prepositional, or adjectival; as in after-
          described, after-dinner, after-part. The hyphen is
          sometimes needlessly used to connect the adjective
          after with its noun. See {Note} under {After}, a., 1.
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