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afterwards Syllabification: af·ter·wards
Pronunciation: /ˈaftərwərdz/
(US also afterwardˈaftərwərd)

Definition of afterwards in English:


At a later or future time; subsequently: 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, next, after this/that, thereafter;
at a later time/date, in due course


Old English æftewearde, from æftan (see aft) + -ward, influenced by after.

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