Meaning of AFTER in English

adj. 25B6; preposition

he made a speech after the performance : FOLLOWING, subsequent to, at the close/end of, in the wake of; formal posterior to.

Guy shut the door after them : BEHIND, following.

after the way he treated my sister I never want to speak to him again : BECAUSE OF, as a result/consequence of, in view of, owing to, on account of.

is he still going to marry her, after all that's happened? : DESPITE, in spite of, regardless of, notwithstanding.

the policeman ran after him : IN PURSUIT OF, in someone's direction, following.

I'm after information, and I'm willing to pay for it : IN SEARCH OF, in quest/pursuit of, trying to find, looking for.

they asked after Dad : ABOUT, concerning, regarding, with regard/respect/reference to.

the village was named after a Roman officer : IN HONOUR OF, as a tribute to; with the name of.

animal studies after Bandinelli : IN THE STYLE OF, in the manner of, in imitation of; similar to, like, characteristic of.


before, preceding.

25B6; adverb

the week after, we went to Madrid : LATER, afterwards, after this/that, subsequently.

porters were following on after with their bags : BEHIND, in the rear, at the back, in someone's wake.

previously, before, ahead, in front.

25A0; after all MOST IMPORTANTLY, above all, beyond everything, ultimately; informal when all's said and done, at the end of the day, when push comes to shove.

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