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afterward

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[af-ter-werd, ahf-] /ˈæf tər wərd, ˈɑf-/
adverb
1.
at a later or subsequent time; subsequently.
Origin of afterward
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English æfterweard, alteration (with -r- of æfter after) of æfteweard, equivalent to æfte-, æftan aft1 + -weard -ward
Can be confused
afterward, afterword.
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  • I imagine they wrote a letter to the London Times about it afterward.

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
  • afterward, I looked downward, and saw my dead body lying on a couch.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • As was afterward apparent, the countess had arranged her schedule with considerable care.

    On Secret Service William Nelson Taft
  • I afterward sold their horse, and sent them the balance of the proceeds.

  • The two lovers started, and laughed, and afterward paid little heed to her outgoing.

    Chivalry James Branch Cabell
Word Origin and History for 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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