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Meaning of 'after' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . After [ a.]
- Next; later in time; subsequent; succeeding; as, an after period of life.
- Hinder; nearer the rear.
- To ward the stern of the ship; -- applied to any object in the rear part of a vessel; as the after cabin, after hatchway.
2 . After [ adv.]
- Subsequently in time or place; behind; afterward; as, he follows after.
3 . After [ prep.]
- Behind in place; as, men in line one after another.
- Below in rank; next to in order.
- Later in time; subsequent; as, after supper, after three days. It often precedes a clause. Formerly that was interposed between it and the clause.
- Subsequent to and in consequence of; as, after what you have said, I shall be careful.
- Subsequent to and notwithstanding; as, after all our advice, you took that course.
- Moving toward from behind; following, in search of; in pursuit of.
- Denoting the aim or object; concerning; in relation to; as, to look after workmen; to inquire after a friend; to thirst after righteousness.
- In imitation of; in conformity with; after the manner of; as, to make a thing after a model; a picture after Rubens; the boy takes after his father.
- According to; in accordance with; in conformity with the nature of; as, he acted after his kind.
- According to the direction and influence of; in proportion to; befitting.

Meaning of 'after' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . after [ r]
Meaning (1):
- behind or in the rear
Example in sentence:
  • and Jill came tumbling after
Meaning (2):
- happening at a time subsequent to a reference time
Example in sentence:
  • he apologized subsequently;
  • he's going to the store but he'll be back here later;
  • it didn't happen until afterward;
  • two hours after that