Definition of after all in English:

after all


  • In spite of any indications or expectations to the contrary.

    ‘I rang and told her I couldn't come after all’
    • ‘It dawns, suddenly, that we may not be helping the prime minister very much after all.’
    • ‘It turned out once little Abigail had been born there was nothing wrong after all.’
    • ‘It would have been so easy, after all, simply to leak his name if that's what they wanted.’
    • ‘Perhaps the house will be granted a touch of her theatrical design flair, after all.’
    • ‘Who, after all, had set the standards for good English to which we should all aspire?’
    • ‘Is there a danger we could expect too much of what is, after all, only a five-day event?’
    • ‘That is, after all, how the tourist knows they are in one of the most diverse cities in the world.’
    • ‘I looked anxiously at the door frame, wondering if this was such a good idea after all.’
    • ‘He reckons it's a bit much to criticise what he has done when, after all, he did get most of it right.’
    • ‘It is, after all, the first cultural medium we adopt as our own, and often at a very young age.’
    most importantly, above all, beyond everything, most of all, ultimately, first and foremost, essentially, basically, elementally, at bottom, when you get right down to it
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