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afterwards adv : happening at a time subsequent to a reference time; "he apologized subsequently"; "he's going to the store but he'll be back here later"; "it didn't happen until afterward"; "two hours after that" [syn: subsequently, later, afterward, after, later on]

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AS. æfteweard, a., behind. See Aft, and -ward (suffix). The final s in afterwards is adverbial, originally a genitive ending.


  • (UK) /ˈɑːftəwədz/
  • (US) /ˈæftɚwɚdz/
  • Hyphenation: af·ter·wards


afterward or afterwards
  1. At a later or succeeding time.



Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

after, after a time, after a while, after all, after that, afterward, anon, before long, by and by, by destiny, ex post facto, fatally, hopefully, imminently, in aftertime, in the aftermath, in the future, in the sequel, later, next, predictably, probably, proximo, since, soon, subsequently, then, thereafter, thereon, thereupon, therewith, tomorrow
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