[af-ter-werd, ahf-]
at a later or subsequent time; subsequently.
Also, afterwards.

before 1000; Middle English; Old English æfterweard, alteration (with -r- of æfter after) of æfteweard, equivalent to æfte-, æftan aft + -weard -ward

afterward, afterword. Unabridged
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afterwards or afterward (ˈɑːftəwədz)
after an earlier event or time; subsequently
[Old English æfterweard, æfteweard, from aft + ward]
afterward or afterward
[Old English æfterweard, æfteweard, from aft + ward]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. æftanweard, from æftan "after" + -weard suffix indicating direction (see -ward); nautical use as aftward, then expanded by infl. of after; variant afterwards (c.1300) shows adverbial genitive.
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Example sentences
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.
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