Definition of afterwards in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɑːftəwədz/
(US also afterward /ˈɑːftəwəd/)


At a later or future time: the offender was arrested shortly afterwards
More example sentences
  • Shortly afterwards two men approached the wire gate but left a few seconds later.
  • Then she heard a cracking noise and shortly afterwards the smoke detector sounded.
  • He showed no concern or remorse but one witness saw him smiling shortly afterwards.
later, later on, subsequently, then, after, after this/that, following this/that, at a later time/date, next, eventually, after a period of time, in due course
formal thereupon


Old English æftewearde, from æftan 'aft' + -wards, influenced by after.

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