Meaning of “subsequent” in the English Dictionary

"subsequent" in British English

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uk /ˈsʌb.sɪ.kwənt/ us /ˈsʌb.sɪ.kwənt/

C1 happening after something else:

The book discusses his illness and subsequent resignation from politics.
Those explosions must have been subsequent to our departure, because we didn't hear anything.

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  • The mistakes were corrected in a subsequent edition of the book.
  • In subsequent years he said he regretted his actions.
  • The press gave a lot of coverage to the break-up of his marriage and his subsequent affair with Taylor.
  • The following year saw his involvement in the arms affair and subsequent resignation from the company.
  • The union would keep up the pressure in subsequent months but to little avail.
adverb uk /ˈsʌb.sɪ.kwə us /ˈsʌb.sɪ.kwə


  • He was badly injured in the crash and subsequently died.
  • He subsequently sold half of his stock in the company.
  • She subsequently returned to Spain and lived the last years of her life there.
  • They met on the set, fell madly in love and subsequently married.
  • He subsequently decided to give up work.


In 1982 he was arrested and subsequently convicted on drug trafficking charges.

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

"subsequent" in American English

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subsequentadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈsʌb·sɪ·kwənt, -ˌkwent/

happening after something else:

Everything I do makes me better at each subsequent thing.
adverb [ not gradable ] us /ˈsʌb·sɪ·kwənt·li, -ˌkwent·li/

He was made a partner, but he subsequently retired.

(Definition of “subsequent” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)