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af•ter /ˈæftɚ/USA pronunciation
prep. WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
- behind in place or position;
following behind: We marched one after the other.
- following the completion of;
in succession to:Tell me after supper.
- in consequence of: After what has happened, I can never return.
- below in rank or estimation: placed after Shakespeare among English poets.
- in imitation of:a painting after the artist Raphael.
- in pursuit or search of: I'm after a better paying job.
about: to inquire after a person.
- in agreement or conformity with: a man after my own heart.
- in spite of:After all her troubles, she's still optimistic.
- with the same name as:They named her after my grandmother.
in the rear:The marchers came first and the floats came after.
- Aeronauticslater in time;
afterward:They lived happily ever after.
- [only before a noun] later;
subsequent: In after years we never heard from him.
- subsequent to the time that: After the boys left, we cleaned up the house.
- 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.
all /ɔl/USA pronunciation
adj. [usually before a noun; but see definition 1]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- the whole or full amount of or number of: [~ + the + uncountable noun]She ate all the cake.[~ + some nouns of time]I waited for her call all afternoon.[~ (+ the) + plural noun]all (the) students.[after the subject of a sentence]The girls all enjoy camping.[after a pronoun objectect of a sentence]I've seen them all.
- the greatest possible: with all speed.
any whatever: beyond all doubt.
purely: The coat is all wool.
- dominated by a particular feature:I'm all thumbs (= very clumsy) when it comes to auto repairs.
- the whole quantity, number, or entire amount:Did you eat all of the peanuts?
- [uncountable] one's whole interest, energy, or property: Give it your all.
- [uncountable] the entire area, place, environment, or the like: All is calm, all is bright.
- every one;
everybody (a formal use):[plural; used with a plural verb]All rise, the court is in session.
- everything:[uncountable]Is that all you've got to say?
completely: all alone.
apiece:The score was tied at one all.
- Idioms all but, [be + ~] almost;
very nearly: These batteries are all but dead.
- Idioms all in all, everything considered;
in general: All in all, we're better off now than we were ten years ago.
- Idioms all out, with one's best effort:The team went all out to win the game.
- Idioms all the better, so much the better:If my opponent loses, all the better for me.
- Idioms, Informal Terms all there, [usually with a negative word or phrase, or in questions] mentally competent:She doesn't seem all there.
- Idiomsall told, all together;
all included:All told, some sixty-five people came to the party.
- Idioms and all, and so forth:What with the late hour and all, we must leave.
- Idioms at all, (used to give emphasis to a word or phrase, esp. a word or phrase with "any'' in it):
- in the slightest degree or amount:Aren't there any doughnuts left at all?
- for any reason: Why bother at all?
- in any way: didn't cause me any trouble at all.
- (used in other phrases for emphasis):Look, I'll take a job anywhere at all.
- Idioms for all (that), in spite of (that);
notwithstanding: It was a difficult time living abroad, but for all that, it was a good year.
- Idioms in all, all included;
all together:There were forty in all.
- Idiomsof all, (used to give emphasis after a word like "first'', "last'', "best''):First of all, welcome to our college.
(af′tər, äf′-),USA pronunciation prep. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- 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!
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.
in the rear:Jill came tumbling after.
- Aeronauticslater in time;
afterward:three hours after; happily ever after.
- later in time;
succeeding:In after years we never heard from him.
- [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.
- subsequent to the time that:after the boys left.
- British Termsafters, the final course of a meal, as pudding, ice cream, or the like;
- 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.
(ôl),USA pronunciation adj.
- the whole of (used in referring to quantity, extent, or duration):all the cake;all the way;all year.
- the whole number of (used in referring to individuals or particulars, taken collectively):all students.
- the greatest possible (used in referring to quality or degree):with all due respect; with all speed.
- every:all kinds; all sorts.
any whatever:beyond all doubt.
- nothing but;
only:The coat is all wool.
- dominated by or as if by the conspicuous possession or use of a particular feature:The colt was all legs. They were all ears, listening attentively to everything she said.
- Dialect Terms[Chiefly Pennsylvania German.]all gone;
finished:The pie is all.
- the whole quantity or amount:He ate all of the peanuts. All are gone.
- the whole number;
every one:all of us.
- everything:Is that all you want to say? All is lost.
- one's whole interest, energy, or property:to give one's all; to lose one's all.
- (often cap.) the entire universe.
- above all, before everything else;
chiefly:Above all, the little girl wanted a piano.
- after all, in spite of the circumstances;
notwithstanding:He came in time after all.
- all in all:
- everything considered;
in general:All in all, her health is greatly improved.
- altogether:There were twelve absentees all in all.
everything regarded as important:Painting became his all in all.
- Printing, Journalismall in hand, (of the copy for typesetting a particular article, book, issue, etc.) in the possession of the compositor.
- and all, together with every other associated or connected attribute, object, or circumstance:What with the snow and all, we may be a little late.
- at all:
- in the slightest degree:I wasn't surprised at all.
- for any reason:Why bother at all?
- in any way:no offense at all.
- for all (that), in spite of;
notwithstanding:For all that, it was a good year.
- in all, all included;
all together:a hundred guests in all.
- once and for all, for the last time;
finally:The case was settled once and for all when the appeal was denied.
exclusively:He spent his income all on pleasure.
apiece:The score was one all.
- all at once. See once (def. 14).
- all but, almost;
very nearly:These batteries are all but dead.
- Dialect Termsall in, Northern and Western U.S. very tired;
exhausted:We were all in at the end of the day.
- Nauticalall in the wind, too close to the wind.
- all out, with all available means or effort:We went all out to win the war.
- all over:
in every part.
- in every respect;
- all standing, [Naut.]
- Naval Termsin such a way and so suddenly that sails or engines are still set to propel a vessel forward:The ship ran aground all standing.
- Naval Termsfully clothed:The crew turned in all standing.
- Naval Termsfully equipped, as a vessel.
- all that, remarkably;
decidedly (used in negative constructions):It's not all that different from your other house.
- all the better, more advantageous;
so much the better:If the sun shines it will be all the better for our trip.
- all there, [Informal.]mentally competent;
not insane or feeble-minded:Some of his farfetched ideas made us suspect that he wasn't all there.
- all the same. See same (def. 8).
- all told. See told (def. 2).
- all up:
- Journalism[Print., Journ.](of copy) completely set in type.
- [Informal.]with no vestige of hope remaining:It's all up with George—they've caught him.
- *ol-io-; compare almighty
- *ol-no-, equivalent. to Welsh oll and akin to Old Irish uile
- bef. 900; Middle English al, plural alle; Old English eal(l); cognate with Gothic alls, Old Norse allr, Old Frisian, Dutch, Middle Low German al, Old Saxon, Old High German al(l) (German all); if
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged every one of, each of.
- 23.See corresponding entry in Unabridged totally, utterly, fully.
Expressions like all the farther and all the higher occur chiefly in informal speech:This is all the farther the bus goes. That's all the higher she can jump.Elsewhere as far as and as high as are generally used:This is as far as the bus goes. That's as high as she can jump.Although some object to the inclusion of of in such phrases as all of the students and all of the contracts and prefer to omit it, the construction is entirely standard.See also already, alright, altogether.
var. of allo- before a vowel:allonym.
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after /ˈɑːftə/ prep
- following in time; in succession to: after dinner, time after time
- following; behind
- in pursuit or search of: chasing after a thief, he's only after money
- concerning: to inquire after his health
- considering: after what you have done, you shouldn't complain
- next in excellence or importance to
- in imitation of; in the manner of
- in accordance with or in conformity to: a man after her own heart
- with a name derived from
- US past (the hour of): twenty after three
- after all ⇒ in spite of everything: it's only a game, after all
- in spite of expectations, efforts, etc
- after you ⇒ please go, enter, etc, before me
- at a later time; afterwards
- coming afterwards; in pursuit
- further aft; sternwards
- (subordinating) at a time later than that at which
Etymology: Old English æfter; related to Old Norse aptr back, eptir after, Old High German aftar
- further aft: the after cabin
'after all' also found in these entries: