Meaning of "after" in Essential American English Dictionary


preposition us /ˈæf·tər/

A1 following something that has happened:

We went swimming after lunch.

A2 following in order:

H comes after G in the alphabet.

A2 once you have passed a particular place:

Turn left after the hotel.

B1 following someone or something:

We ran after him.

because of something that happened:

I’ll never trust her again after what she did to me.

although something happened or is true; despite:

I can’t believe he was so rude to you after all the help you gave him!

used to say how many minutes past the hour it is:

It’s five after three.
after all

B1 used to add an explanation to something that you have just said:

You can’t expect to be perfect – after all, it was only your first lesson.
day after day, year after year, etc.

B1 happening every day, year, etc., over a long period:

We go to the same place on vacation year after year.
be after something

to be trying to get something:

What type of job are you after?

(Definition of “after preposition” from the Webster's Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)