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afterward

or afterwards

[af-ter-werd, ahf-] /ˈæf tər wərd, ˈɑf-/
adverb
1.
at a later or subsequent time; subsequently.
Origin of afterward
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English æfterweard, alteration (with -r- of æfter after) of æfteweard, equivalent to æfte-, æftan aft1 + -weard -ward
Can be confused
afterward, afterword.
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  • afterward, I looked downward, and saw my dead body lying on a couch.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Twelve hours afterward the snow, three feet deep on a level, has melted.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • I afterward sold their horse, and sent them the balance of the proceeds.

  • afterward his uncle came in a fierce humor, slamming the door.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • In her numbed brain was no flicker of thought as to whatever might come to her afterward.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
Word Origin and History for afterward
adv.

Old English æftanweard, from æftan "after" (see aft) + -weard suffix indicating direction (see -ward); nautical use as aftward, then expanded by influence of after; variant afterwards shows adverbial genitive.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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