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after

[af-ter, ahf-] /ˈæf tər, ˈɑf-/
preposition
1.
behind in place or position; following behind:
men lining up one after the other.
2.
later in time than; in succession to; at the close of:
Tell me after supper. Day after day he came to work late.
3.
subsequent to and in consequence of:
After what has happened, I can never return.
4.
below in rank or excellence; nearest to:
Milton is usually placed after Shakespeare among English poets.
5.
in imitation of or in imitation of the style of:
to make something after a model; fashioned after Raphael.
6.
in pursuit or search of; with or in desire for:
I'm after a better job. Run after him!
7.
concerning; about:
to inquire after a person.
8.
with the name of; for:
He was named after his uncle.
9.
in proportion to; in accordance with:
He was a man after the hopes and expectations of his father.
10.
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.
11.
subsequent to and notwithstanding; in spite of:
After all their troubles, they still manage to be optimistic.
adverb
12.
behind; in the rear:
Jill came tumbling after.
13.
later in time; afterward:
three hours after; happily ever after.
adjective
14.
later in time; next; subsequent; succeeding:
In after years we never heard from him.
15.
Nautical, Aeronautics.
  1. farther aft.
  2. located closest to the stern or tail; aftermost:
    after hold; after mast.
  3. including the stern or tail:
    the after part of a hull.
conjunction
16.
subsequent to the time that:
after the boys left.
noun
17.
afters, British Informal. the final course of a meal, as pudding, ice cream, or the like; dessert.
Idioms
18.
after all, despite what has occurred or been assumed previously; nevertheless:
I've discovered I can attend the meeting after all.
Origin
900
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 aft) + -ter suffix of comparison and polarity (cognate with Greek -teros)
Synonyms
1. See behind.
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British Dictionary definitions for afters

afters

/ˈɑːftəz/
noun (functioning as singular or pl) (Brit)
1.
(informal) dessert; sweet
2.
(slang) a confrontation or physical violence between football players immediately after they have been involved in a challenge for the ball

after

/ˈɑːftə/
preposition
1.
following in time; in succession to: after dinner, time after time
2.
following; behind: they entered one after another
3.
in pursuit or search of: chasing after a thief, he's only after money
4.
concerning: to inquire after his health
5.
considering: after what you have done, you shouldn't complain
6.
next in excellence or importance to: he ranked Jonson after Shakespeare
7.
in imitation of; in the manner of: a statue after classical models
8.
in accordance with or in conformity to: a man after her own heart
9.
with a name derived from: Mary was named after her grandmother
10.
(US) past (the hour of): twenty after three
11.
after all
  1. in spite of everything: it's only a game, after all
  2. in spite of expectations, efforts, etc: he won the race after all!
12.
after you, please go, enter, etc, before me
adverb
13.
at a later time; afterwards
14.
coming afterwards; in pursuit
15.
(nautical) further aft; sternwards
conjunction
16.
(subordinating) at a time later than that at which: he came after I had left
adjective
17.
(nautical) further aft: the after cabin
Word Origin
Old English æfter; related to Old Norse aptr back, eptir after, Old High German aftar
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Word Origin and History for afters

after

prep.

Old English æfter "after, next, throughout, following in time, later," from Old English of "off" (see of) + -ter, a comparative suffix; thus the original meaning was "more away, farther off." Cf. Old Norse eptir "after," Old High German aftar, Gothic aftra "behind." Cognate with Greek apotero "farther off."

After hours "after regular working hours" is from 1861. Afterwit "wisdom that comes too late" is attested from c.1500 but seems to have fallen from use, despite being more needed now than ever. After you as an expression in yielding precedence is recorded by 1650.

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Slang definitions & phrases for afters

after

preposition

In pursuit of; wanting, desiring: He is after her job (1775+)


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Idioms and Phrases with afters
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