[ heer-af-ter, -ahf- ]
See synonyms for hereafter on
  1. after this in time or order; at some future time; farther along.

  2. in the time to follow; from now on: Hereafter I will not accept their calls.

  1. in the life or world to come.

  1. a life or existence after death; the future beyond mortal existence.

  2. time to come; the future.

Origin of hereafter

before 900; Middle English; Old English hēræfter.See here, after

Words Nearby hereafter Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use hereafter in a sentence

  • Nor shall we do more hereafter if you do my pleasure now and give this Monsieur de Garnache the answer that I bid you.

    St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
  • Synthesis will be sometimes hereafter resorted to to connect in our minds an event to its date.

    Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
  • Subject to the exceptions hereafter named, all dates and numbers should be exactly expressed in the date or number words.

    Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)

British Dictionary definitions for hereafter


/ (ˌhɪərˈɑːftə) /

  1. formal in a subsequent part of this document, matter, case, etc

  2. a less common word for henceforth

  1. at some time in the future

  2. in a future life after death

nounthe hereafter
  1. life after death

  2. the future

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