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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈɑːftər/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈæftɚ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(aftər, äf-)



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
af•ter /ˈæftɚ/USA pronunciation   prep. 
  1. behind in place or position;
    following behind: We marched one after the other.
  2. following the completion of;
    in succession to:Tell me after supper.
  3. in consequence of: After what has happened, I can never return.
  4. below in rank or estimation: placed after Shakespeare among English poets.
  5. in imitation of:a painting after the artist Raphael.
  6. in pursuit or search of: I'm after a better paying job.
  7. concerning;
    about: to inquire after a person.
  8. in agreement or conformity with: a man after my own heart.
  9. in spite of:After all her troubles, she's still optimistic.
  10. with the same name as:They named her after my grandmother.

adv. 
  1. behind;
    in the rear:The marchers came first and the floats came after.
  2. Aeronauticslater in time;
    afterward:They lived happily ever after.

adj. 
  1. [only before a noun] later;
    subsequent: In after years we never heard from him.

conj. 
  1. subsequent to the time that: After the boys left, we cleaned up the house.
Idioms
  1. Idiomsafter all,
    • nevertheless:We were angry with her, but, after all, she was our child and we had to forgive her.
    • (used to remind the reader or listener that there is a strong basis for what is said):Of course he's exhausted. After all, he's been driving for ten straight hours.


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
af•ter  (aftər, äf-),USA pronunciation prep. 
  1. behind in place or position;
    following behind:men lining up one after the other.
  2. later in time than;
    in succession to;
    at the close of:Tell me after supper. Day after day he came to work late.
  3. subsequent to and in consequence of:After what has happened, I can never return.
  4. below in rank or excellence;
    nearest to:Milton is usually placed after Shakespeare among English poets.
  5. in imitation of or in imitation of the style of:to make something after a model; fashioned after Raphael.
  6. in pursuit or search of;
    with or in desire for:I'm after a better job. Run after him!
  7. concerning;
    about:to inquire after a person.
  8. with the name of;
    for:He was named after his uncle.
  9. in proportion to;
    in accordance with:He was a man after the hopes and expectations of his father.
  10. according to the nature of;
    in conformity with;
    in agreement or unison with:He was a man after my own heart. He swore after the manner of his faith.
  11. subsequent to and notwithstanding;
    in spite of:After all their troubles, they still manage to be optimistic.
  12. after all, despite what has occurred or been assumed previously;
    nevertheless:I've discovered I can attend the meeting after all.

adv. 
  1. behind;
    in the rear:Jill came tumbling after.
  2. Aeronauticslater in time;
    afterward:three hours after; happily ever after.

adj. 
  1. later in time;
    next;
    subsequent;
    succeeding:In after years we never heard from him.
  2. [Naut., Aeron.]
    • Naval Termsfarther aft.
    • Naval Termslocated closest to the stern or tail;
      aftermost:after hold; after mast.
    • Naval Termsincluding the stern or tail:the after part of a hull.

conj. 
  1. subsequent to the time that:after the boys left.

n. 
  1. British Termsafters, the final course of a meal, as pudding, ice cream, or the like;
    dessert.
  • bef. 900; Middle English; Old English æfter; cognate with Old Frisian efter, Old Saxon, Old High German after, Gothic aftaro, Old Norse eptir; equivalent. to æf- (see aft) + -ter suffix of comparison and polarity (cognate with Greek -teros)
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  behind. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
after /ˈɑːftə/ prep
  1. following in time; in succession to: after dinner, time after time
  2. following; behind
  3. in pursuit or search of: chasing after a thief, he's only after money
  4. concerning: to inquire after his health
  5. considering: after what you have done, you shouldn't complain
  6. next in excellence or importance to
  7. in imitation of; in the manner of
  8. in accordance with or in conformity to: a man after her own heart
  9. with a name derived from
  10. US past (the hour of): twenty after three
  11. after allin spite of everything: it's only a game, after all
  12. in spite of expectations, efforts, etc
  13. after youplease go, enter, etc, before me
adv
  1. at a later time; afterwards
  2. coming afterwards; in pursuit
  3. further aft; sternwards
conj
  1. (subordinating) at a time later than that at which
adj
  1. further aft: the after cabin
Etymology: Old English æfter; related to Old Norse aptr back, eptir after, Old High German aftar
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Collocations: after the [movie, meeting, vacation, class], [placed, ranked, positioned] after, tell me after [class], more...

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