Definition of afterwards in English:


(US afterward)


  • At a later or future time.

    ‘the offender was arrested shortly afterwards’
    • ‘Shortly afterwards two men approached the wire gate but left a few seconds later.’
    • ‘He was playing golf again very soon afterwards while the others took months to recover.’
    • ‘Every doctor who came to see me afterwards said they hadn't expected to see me alive again.’
    • ‘I really wanted to spend time with Ruth but the party afterwards was totally hectic.’
    • ‘Everyone I know who saw it was really affected by it, for years and years afterwards.’
    • ‘He said afterwards that such a major development in a green belt was unacceptable.’
    • ‘Both of them told me afterwards what an excellent and moving thing it had been.’
    • ‘The plan is to call for a vote on the deal in May and pay the dividends shortly afterward.’
    • ‘As Brad and I walked out of the theater afterwards, we knew we had just seen a masterpiece.’
    • ‘She said afterwards that they had made her feel uneasy and that she had turned to go back home to avoid them.’
    • ‘He showed no concern or remorse but one witness saw him smiling shortly afterwards.’
    • ‘The only person who could do that would be somebody visiting the crime scene afterwards.’
    • ‘Then she heard a cracking noise and shortly afterwards the smoke detector sounded.’
    • ‘Some time afterwards he discovered that money was being debited from his bank account.’
    • ‘Not only was it an interesting event, but there was lots of free wine afterwards!’
    • ‘It was only afterwards that the couple learned of the unusual nature of the procedure.’
    • ‘A lovely meal of sausages and chips in the cafe afterwards rounded off a great afternoon.’
    • ‘Production will stop at the end of May and the factory will close shortly afterwards.’
    • ‘It was definitely something to laugh about afterwards but certainly not at the time.’
    • ‘I had to stay for dinner as it was all arranged, but managed to make my escape afterwards.’
    later, later on, subsequently, then, after, after that, after this, following that, following this, at a later date, at a later time, next, eventually, after a period of time, in due course
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Old English æftewearde, from æftan ‘aft’ + -wards, influenced by after.