[ af-ter, ahf- ]
/ ˈæf tər, ˈɑf- /
behind in place or position; following behind: men lining up one after the other.
later in time than; in succession to; at the close of: Tell me after supper. Day after day he came to work late.
subsequent to and in consequence of: After what has happened, I can never return.
below in rank or excellence; nearest to: Milton is usually placed after Shakespeare among English poets.
in imitation of or in imitation of the style of: to make something after a model; fashioned after Raphael.
in pursuit or search of; with or in desire for: I'm after a better job. Run after him!
concerning; about: to inquire after a person.
with the name of; for: He was named after his uncle.
in proportion to; in accordance with: He was a man after the hopes and expectations of his father.
according to the nature of; in conformity with; in agreement or unison with: He was a man after my own heart. He swore after the manner of his faith.
subsequent to and notwithstanding; in spite of: After all their troubles, they still manage to be optimistic.
behind; in the rear: Jill came tumbling after.
later in time; afterward: three hours after; happily ever after.
later in time; next; subsequent; succeeding: In after years we never heard from him.
- farther aft.
- located closest to the stern or tail; aftermost: after hold; after mast.
- including the stern or tail: the after part of a hull.
subsequent to the time that: after the boys left.
afters, British Informal. the final course of a meal, as pudding, ice cream, or the like; dessert.
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Idioms for after
after all, despite what has occurred or been assumed previously; nevertheless: I've discovered I can attend the meeting after all.
Origin of after
before 900; Middle English; Old English æfter; cognate with Old Frisian efter, Old Saxon, Old High German after, Gothic aftaro, Old Norse eptir; equivalent to æf- (see aft1) + -ter suffix of comparison and polarity (cognate with Greek -teros)
synonym study for after
1. See behind.
Words nearby after
Definition for after (2 of 2)
[ aft, ahft ]
/ æft, ɑft /
at, close to, or toward the stern or tail: Stow the luggage aft.
situated toward or at the stern or tail: The aft sail was luffing.
Origin of aft1
before 950; Middle English afte, Old English æftan from behind, equivalent to æf- opposite + -t- suffix of uncertain value + -an suffix marking motion from; cognate with Old Frisian efta, Old Saxon, Old High German aftan, Gothic aftana, Old Norse aptan, Greek opís(s)ō behind; not akin to Greek apó off
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British Dictionary definitions for after (1 of 2)
/ (ˈɑːftə) /
following in time; in succession toafter dinner; time after time
following; behindthey entered one after another
in pursuit or search ofchasing after a thief; he's only after money
concerningto inquire after his health
consideringafter what you have done, you shouldn't complain
next in excellence or importance tohe ranked Jonson after Shakespeare
in imitation of; in the manner ofa statue after classical models
in accordance with or in conformity toa man after her own heart
with a name derived fromMary was named after her grandmother
US past (the hour of)twenty after three
- in spite of everythingit's only a game, after all
- in spite of expectations, efforts, etche won the race after all!
after you please go, enter, etc, before me
at a later time; afterwards
coming afterwards; in pursuit
nautical further aft; sternwards
(subordinating) at a time later than that at whichhe came after I had left
nautical further aftthe after cabin
Word Origin for after
Old English æfter; related to Old Norse aptr back, eptir after, Old High German aftar
British Dictionary definitions for after (2 of 2)
/ (ɑːft) /
mainly nautical towards or at the stern or rearthe aft deck; aft of the engines
Word Origin for aft
C17: perhaps a shortened form of earlier abaft
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Idioms and Phrases with after
In addition to the idioms beginning with after
- after a fashion
- after all
- after all's said and done
- after a sort
- after a while
- after hours
- after one's own heart
- after the fact
- day after day
- get after
- go after
- inquire after
- keep after
- live happily ever after
- look after
- morning after
- name after
- run after
- see after
- sought after
- take after
- throw good money after bad
- time after time
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