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Etymology

Old English æfter, from Proto-Germanic *aftar- (more behind), from Proto-Indo-European *aptar- (more behind), comparative form of *apo- (off, behind). The PIE comparative is also the source of Ancient Greek ἀπωτέρω (apōterō).

Pronunciation

Adverb

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Positive
after

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. Behind; later in time; following.
    They lived happily ever after.
    I left the room, and the dog bounded after.

Translations

Preposition

after

  1. subsequently to; following in time; later than.
    We had a few beers after the game.
    The time is quarter after eight.
    The Cold War began shortly after the Second World War
  2. behind
    he will leave a trail of destruction after him
  3. in pursuit of, seeking
    he's after a job
    run after him
    inquire after her health
  4. in allusion to, in imitation of; following or referencing
    we named him after his grandfather
    a painting after Leonardo da Vinci
  5. next in importance or rank
    The princess is next in line to the throne after the prince.
  6. as a result of
    After your bad behaviour, you will be punished.
  7. in spite of
    After all that has happened, he is still my friend.

Translations

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Derived terms

Conjunction

after

  1. Signifies that the action of the clause it starts takes place before the action of the other clause.
    I went home after we had decided to call it a day.

Translations

Adjective

after

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) At or towards the stern of a ship
    The after gun is mounted aft.
    The after gun is abaft the forward gun.

Usage notes

  • As shown in the examples above, the adverb in this nautical usage is aft and the related preposition is abaft.

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