After definition

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Past the hour of.

Five minutes after three.

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With the same or close to the same name as; in honor or commemoration of.

Named after her mother.

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Afternoon.
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Behind in time; later; next.
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According to the nature or desires of; in conformity to.

A tenor after my own heart.

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(chiefly british) Dessert.
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In spite of.

After all we had done, he was still ungrateful.

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Next; later.
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Following continually.

Year after year.

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As a result of; on account of.

After what has happened, he won't go.

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Concerning.

Asked after you.

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Subsequent in time to; at a later time than.

Come after dinner.

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At a later or subsequent time; afterward.

Three hours after; departed shortly after.

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Following or subsequent to the time that.

I saw them after I arrived.

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Coming behind or later.

Aftercare.

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After means a person or thing being behind in position.

An example of the word after is when someone is following a person in line.

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The definition of after is a time that is later than some other time.

An example of the word after is when something happens subsequent to something else.

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After is defined as something that leads to a result.

An example of the word after is when a child may not have a dessert as a consequence of not finishing dinner.

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(irish) Used with a present participle to indicate action that has just been completed.
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Behind in place or order.

Z comes after Y in the alphabet.

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Next to or lower than in order or importance.
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For; in honor of.

A child named after Lincoln.

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Concerning; about.

She asked after you.

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Behind in time; later than.

After lunch.

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Following.

Year after year.

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In search of.
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Pursuing, hounding, urging, etc.

They are after me for a donation.

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They lived happily ever after.

I left the room, and the dog bounded after.

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We had a few beers after the game.

The time is quarter after eight.

The Cold War began shortly after the Second World War.

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He will leave a trail of destruction after him.

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He's after a job; run after him; inquire after her health.

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We named him after his grandfather; a painting after Leonardo da Vinci.

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Next in importance or rank.

The princess is next in line to the throne after the prince.

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As a result of.

After your bad behaviour, you will be punished.

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In spite of.

After all that has happened, he is still my friend.

I can't believe that, after all our advice against gambling, you walked into that casino!

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(Ireland, usually preceded by a form of be, followed by an -ing form of a verb) Used to indicate recent completion of an activity.

I was after finishing my dinner when there was a knock on the door.

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(dated) According to an author or text.
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Denoting the aim or object; concerning; in relation to.

To look after workmen; to enquire after a friend; to thirst after righteousness.

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Signifies that the action of the clause it starts takes place before the action of the other clause.

I went home after we had decided to call it a day.

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(dated) Later; second (of two); next, following, subsequent.
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(nautical, where the frame of reference is within the ship) At or towards the stern of a ship.

The after gun is mounted aft.

The after gun is abaft the forward gun.

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Following the time when; later than.
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In quest or pursuit of.

Seek after fame; go after big money.

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Subsequent to and because of or regardless of.

They are still friends after all their differences.

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In the style of or in imitation of.

Satires after Horace.

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Behind; in the rear.
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Subsequent in time or place; later; following.

In after years.

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Located near the stern of a vessel or the rear or an aircraft or spacecraft.
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Behind in place.
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Behind in place; in back of.
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Following next to in order, rank, or importance.
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In accordance with; in the manner of; patterned on the model of.

A novel after Hemingway's style.

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Nearer the rear (esp. of a ship or aircraft)
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after all
  • In spite of everything to the contrary; nevertheless:
    We chose to take the train after all.
  • Everything else having been considered; ultimately:
    A car is after all a means of transportation.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of after

  • Middle English from Old English æfter apo- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • The Irish usage to indicate recent completion of an activity is a calque of the Irish collocation Tá mé tar éis/i ndiaidh... ("I have just...").

    From Wiktionary