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English definition of “after”


adverb     /ˈɑːf.tər/ US  /ˈæf.tɚ/
A2 later than someone or something else : Hilary got here at midday and Nick arrived soon after. I can't go next week - how about the week after (= the following week )?not standard She got back at 4.30 and went to see Emilie after (= after she got back).Before, after and alreadyAfter and behind Grammar:After, afterwardsGrammar:After as a preposition and conjunctionAfter means ‘later than’ and ‘next in time or place’.Grammar:After or afterwards as an adverbWe can use after as an adverb, but afterwards is more common. When after is used, it is usually as part of an adverb phrase:Grammar:After: typical errorWhen after refers to future time, we use the present simple, not the future with shall or will:
(Definition of after adverb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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