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Meaning of "after" in Essential American English Dictionary

after

preposition   /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 Websters Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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