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afterward

[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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afterwards

/ˈɑːftəwədz/
adverb
1.
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 afterwards
adv.

c.1300, from afterward (q.v.) + adverbial genitive -s; originally a Northern form.

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.

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