Definition of afterwards in English:


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(also US afterward)
  • At a later or future time; subsequently.

    ‘the offender was arrested shortly afterwards’
    • ‘Shortly afterwards two men approached the wire gate but left a few seconds later.’
    • ‘Then she heard a cracking noise and shortly afterwards the smoke detector sounded.’
    • ‘He showed no concern or remorse but one witness saw him smiling shortly afterwards.’
    • ‘Production will stop at the end of May and the factory will close shortly afterwards.’
    • ‘The plan is to call for a vote on the deal in May and pay the dividends shortly afterward.’
    • ‘Not only was it an interesting event, but there was lots of free wine afterwards!’
    • ‘A lovely meal of sausages and chips in the cafe afterwards rounded off a great afternoon.’
    • ‘Both of them told me afterwards what an excellent and moving thing it had been.’
    • ‘Some time afterwards he discovered that money was being debited from his bank account.’
    • ‘As Brad and I walked out of the theater afterwards, we knew we had just seen a masterpiece.’
    • ‘She said afterwards that they had made her feel uneasy and that she had turned to go back home to avoid them.’
    • ‘The only person who could do that would be somebody visiting the crime scene afterwards.’
    • ‘I really wanted to spend time with Ruth but the party afterwards was totally hectic.’
    • ‘Everyone I know who saw it was really affected by it, for years and years afterwards.’
    • ‘Every doctor who came to see me afterwards said they hadn't expected to see me alive again.’
    • ‘He was playing golf again very soon afterwards while the others took months to recover.’
    • ‘He said afterwards that such a major development in a green belt was unacceptable.’
    • ‘It was definitely something to laugh about afterwards but certainly not at the time.’
    • ‘I had to stay for dinner as it was all arranged, but managed to make my escape afterwards.’
    • ‘It was only afterwards that the couple learned of the unusual nature of the procedure.’
    later, later on, subsequently, then, after, after that, after this, following that, following this, at a later date, at a later time, next, eventually, after a period of time, in due course
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/ˈaftərwərdz/ /ˈæftərwərdz/


Old English æftewearde, from æftan ‘aft’ + -wards, influenced by after.