[ thair-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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for thereafter


/ (ˌðɛərˈɑːftə) /


from that time on or after that timethereafter, he ceased to pay attention
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for thereafter



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

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