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’
    • ‘I looked anxiously at the door frame, wondering if this was such a good idea after all.’
    • ‘Perhaps the house will be granted a touch of her theatrical design flair, after all.’
    • ‘It would have been so easy, after all, simply to leak his name if that's what they wanted.’
    • ‘It is, after all, the first cultural medium we adopt as our own, and often at a very young age.’
    • ‘Is there a danger we could expect too much of what is, after all, only a five-day event?’
    • ‘It dawns, suddenly, that we may not be helping the prime minister very much 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 turned out once little Abigail had been born there was nothing wrong after all.’
    • ‘Who, after all, had set the standards for good English to which we should all aspire?’
    • ‘That is, after all, how the tourist knows they are in one of the most diverse cities in the world.’
    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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