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[af-ter-werd, ahf-] /ˈæf tər wərd, ˈɑf-/
at a later or subsequent time; subsequently.
Also, afterwards.
Origin of afterward
before 1000; Middle English; Old English æfterweard, alteration (with -r- of æfter after) of æfteweard, equivalent to æfte-, æftan aft + -weard -ward
Can be confused
afterward, afterword. Unabridged
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  • But if you've ever taken a winery tour, you know that afterward the wine somehow tastes better.
  • afterward, step out for some soul food of a different order.
  • If you can withstand yacht envy, stroll the docks afterward and drool over the costly boats.
  • Shortly afterward, the hen gets an urge and climbs into the nest box.
  • Even if the tuna were to be left alone afterward, there is no guarantee it would recover.
  • The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places.
  • The question of why people should act ethically despite there being no rewards or punishments afterward remains unanswered.
  • He is unable to read himself, but a confidential friend who ventured into the saloon soon afterward read it for him.
  • afterward, the children sang one of the tribe's few surviving songs.
  • afterward, the caldera began deflating by three-quarters of an inch a year.
British Dictionary definitions for afterward


after an earlier event or time; subsequently
Word Origin
Old English æfterweard, æfteweard, from aft + ward
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Word Origin and History for afterward

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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