Meaning of “afterwards” in the English Dictionary

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"afterwards" in British English

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uk /ˈɑːf.tə.wədz/ us /ˈæf.tɚ.wɚdz/ mainly UK US usually afterward

A2 after the time mentioned:

We had tea, and afterwards we sat in the garden for a while.
They separated, and soon/shortly afterwards Jane left the country.

More examples

  • We agreed on a price but afterwards they wanted £10 extra.
  • If you're a good boy at the doctor's I'll take you swimming afterwards.
  • Everyone would go into the hall for assembly and then afterwards we'd go to our respective classes.
  • I vote (that) we go to the cinema first and eat afterwards.
  • He said he had to go to a meeting now, but that afterwards he'd come and discuss the problem.

(Definition of “afterwards” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)