after Definition

  • 1following in time, place, or order
  • 2later than (a particular time or event)
  • 3in pursuit or quest of

Using after: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "after" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    We went for a walk after dinner.

  • Example

    I'll call you after I finish work.

  • Example

    He ran after the thief.

after Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with after

  • repeatedly, continuously


    She worked hard day after day to achieve her goals.

  • take care of, attend to


    She looks after her elderly parents every weekend.

  • despite everything, nevertheless


    I thought he was guilty, but after all, he was innocent.

Origins of after

from Old English 'æfter'


Summary: after in Brief

The word 'after' [ˈɑːftə(r)] refers to something that comes later in time, place, or order. It can be used as a preposition, adverb, or conjunction. Examples include 'We went for a walk after dinner,' 'I'll call you after I finish work,' and 'He ran after the thief.' Phrases like 'day after day' and 'look after' use 'after' to denote repetition or taking care of something, respectively.

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