after

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After is a preposition meaning "later in time" or "behind in space." After many hours of dancing, you'll be sweaty and hungry.

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

Adverb
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"

Adverb
behind or in the rear; "and Jill came tumbling after"


a.
Next; later in time; subsequent; succeeding; as, an after period of life.

a.
Hinder; nearer the rear.

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

prep.
Behind in place; as, men in line one after another.

prep.
Below in rank; next to in order.

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

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

prep.
Subsequent to and notwithstanding; as, after all our advice, you took that course.

prep.
Moving toward from behind; following, in search of; in pursuit of.

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

prep.
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.

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

prep.
According to the direction and influence of; in proportion to; befitting.

adv.
Subsequently in time or place; behind; afterward; as, he follows after.


After

Aft"er , a. [AS. '91fter after, behind; akin to Goth. aftaro, aftra, backwards, Icel. aptr, Sw. and Dan. efter, OHG. aftar behind, Dutch and LG. achter, Gr. 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. See Of; cf. Aft.] 1. Next; later in time; subsequent; succeeding; as, an after period of life. Marshall. &hand; 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. 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.

After

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 Phbus sings the best.
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.
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.
After whom is the king of Israel come out?
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.
They that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh.
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 whole. -- 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.

After

Aft"er, adv. Subsequently in time or place; behind; afterward; as, he follows after.
It was about the space of three hours after.
&hand; 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.

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

Behind in place; as, men in line one after another.

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

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Usage Examples

'Chasing Amy' was an amazing role, but then after that, I went and did 'Big Daddy' and you're the girlfriend or you're the best friend. I wasn't getting the Nicole Kidman roles.

A lot of people are obsessed with looking cool. They feel they have to look after their image.

A statesman wants courage and a statesman wants vision but believe me, after six months' experience, he wants first, second, third and all the time - patience.

A diet should be named after what you do eat, not what you don't eat.

'Dreams From My Father' reveals more about Obama than is usually known about political leaders until after they're dead. Perhaps more than it intends, it shows his mind working, in real time, sentence by sentence, in what feels like a private audience with the reader.

A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it.

A person cannot love a plant after he has pruned it, then he has either done a poor job or is devoid of emotion.

A few months after graduation I was working in films. It took off pretty quick.

A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience.

Misspelled Form

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Other Usage Examples

A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain.

A man always remembers his first love with special tenderness, but after that he begins to bunch them.

A husband is what is left of a lover, after the nerve has been extracted.

A liberated woman is one who has sex before marriage and a job after.

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.

'Good Morning America' exploited Joan Lunden's pregnancy, but you won't see me bringing my babies on the air. The only reason I'm talking about the babies at all is that they've been with me on the show since I became pregnant. After a while, I had to acknowledge this pumpkin tummy.

'Dr. Strangelove' was and is one of my favorite movies ever, and I just can't believe they actually blew up the world after that.

A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they're dead.

A person's character is but half formed till after wedlock.

A lawyer I once knew told me of a strange case, a suffragette who had never married. After her death, he opened her trunk and discovered 50 wedding gowns.

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