If something happens afterward, it occurs after some original event or time. When kids get out of school at 2:00 p.m., teachers generally go home some time afterward.


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"

At a later or succeeding time.


Usage Examples

A man is a fool if he drinks before he reaches the age of 50, and a fool if he doesn't afterward.

Men are fair, and they have learned not to personalize anger - they can disagree with you and argue to the bone, but afterward they still consider you a nice person with whom the underlying human relationship need not be altered.

When that shutter clicks, anything else that can be done afterward is not worth consideration.

There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.

It was a very cool thing to be a smart girl, as opposed to some other, different kind. And I think that made a great deal of difference to me growing up and in my life afterward.

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Other Usage Examples

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.

Coming home to my family afterward makes the work richer, easier and more fun.

I studied Japanese language and culture in college and graduate school, and afterward went to work in Tokyo, where I met a young man whose father was a famous businessman and whose mother was a geisha.

All marriages are happy. It's the living together afterward that causes all the trouble.

The best movies have one sentence that they're exploring, a thesis, something that people can argue about over dinner afterward.

My training in Science of Mind had begun with my mother. She took me to a different church every Sunday, and she encouraged me to question the minister afterward.


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