afterward

or af·ter·wards

[ af-ter-werd, ahf- ]
/ ˈæf tər wərd, ˈɑf- /

adverb

at a later or subsequent time; subsequently.

Origin of afterward

before 1000; Middle English; Old English æfterweard, alteration (with -r- of æfter after) of æfteweard, equivalent to æfte-, æftan aft1 + -weard -ward
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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.

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