behind in place or position; following behind:men lining up one after the other.
later in time than; in succession to; at the close of:Tell me after supper. Day after day he came to work late.
subsequent to and in consequence of:After what has happened, I can never return.
below in rank or excellence; nearest to:Milton is usually placed after Shakespeare among English poets.
in imitation of or in imitation of the style of:to make something after a model; fashioned after Raphael.
in pursuit or search of; with or in desire for:I'm after a better job. Run after him!
concerning; about:to inquire after a person.
with the name of; for:He was named after his uncle.
in proportion to; in accordance with:He was a man after the hopes and expectations of his father.
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.
subsequent to and notwithstanding; in spite of:After all their troubles, they still manage to be optimistic.
after all, despite what has occurred or been assumed previously; nevertheless:I've discovered I can attend the meeting after all.
behind; in the rear:Jill came tumbling after.
Aeronauticslater in time; afterward:three hours after; happily ever after.
later in time; next; subsequent; succeeding:In after years we never heard from him.
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.
subsequent to the time that:after the boys left.
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.