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English definition of “after”


preposition (FOLLOWING)   /ˈæf·tər/
following in time , place , or order : What do you want to do after breakfast ? I expect to return to work after the baby comes. Repeat these words after me. I’ll see you the day after tomorrow . It’s ten minutes after four. Week after week (= For many weeks ), he’s been too busy to help . after    /ˈæf·tər/ conjunction The house was empty for three months after they moved out. after    /ˈæf·tər/ adverb [not gradable] Hilary drove up and Nick arrived soon after.
(Definition of after preposition (FOLLOWING) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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