after

af•ter
[[t]ˈæf tər, ˈɑf-[/t]] prep.
1) behind in place or position; following behind:
We marched one after the other[/ex]
2) following the completion of; in succession to:
Tell me after supper. Day after day he came to work late[/ex]
3) in consequence of:
After what has happened, I can never return[/ex]
4) below in rank or estimation:
placed after Shakespeare among English poets[/ex]
5) in imitation of:
fashioned after Raphael[/ex]
6) in pursuit or search of:
I'm after a better job[/ex]
7) concerning; about:
to inquire after a person[/ex]
8) in agreement or conformity with:
a man after my own heart[/ex]
9) in spite of:
After all her troubles, she's still optimistic[/ex]
10) behind; in the rear:
Jill came tumbling after[/ex]
11) aer. later in time; afterward:
happily ever after[/ex]
12) later; subsequent:
In after years we never heard from him[/ex]
13)
a) naut. navig. farther aft
b) naut. navig. located closest to the stern or tail; aftermost
14) fun subsequent to the time that:
after the boys left[/ex]
15) brit. afters, Brit. Informal. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) dessert
Etymology: bef. 900; OE æfter, c. OFris efter, OOHG after

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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