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[th air-af-ter, -ahf-] /ˌðɛərˈæf tər, -ˈɑf-/
after that in time or sequence; afterward:
Thereafter they did not speak.
Obsolete. accordingly.
Origin of thereafter
before 900; Middle English ther after, Old English thǣr æfter. See there, after
1. later, subsequently, thenceforth. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • When he "played" with Baby Akemit thereafter, the pretence was not all with the child.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • thereafter we must hide during the days, and steal down the river at night.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • Ten minutes thereafter, the two were knocking at the parson's door.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • The king was gracious, and thereafter she held his feet at all the banquets.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • And every day thereafter found him out and ranging a wider area.

    White Fang Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for thereafter


from that time on or after that time: thereafter, he ceased to pay attention
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for thereafter

Old English þær æfter; see there + after. Cf. Dutch daarachter, Swedish derefter.

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