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after

preposition
 
 
/ˈɑːftər/
TIME/EVENT A1 when a time or event has happened: We went swimming after lunch. I'm seeing her the day after tomorrow. Let's finish the meeting. After that, we can have coffee.After and behindBefore, after and already
LIST A2 following in order: H comes after G in the alphabet.Before, after and alreadyAfter and behindAfter and behindBefore, after and already
TIME US ( UK/US past) used to say how many minutes past the hour it is: It's five after three.Before, after and alreadyAfter and behindWatches and clocks
BECAUSE OF B2 because of something that happened: I'll never trust her again after what she did to me.Connecting words which introduce a cause or reason
DESPITE B2 despite: I can't believe he was so unpleasant after you gave him so much help.Connecting words which express a contrast
FOLLOW B1 following someone or something: We ran after him, but he escaped.After and behindBefore, after and alreadyPursuing
after 5 minutes/2 weeks, etc when five minutes, two weeks, etc have passed: The bus arrived after twenty minutes.Before, after and alreadyAfter and behind
day after day/year after year, etc B1 continuing for a long time, or happening many times: I'm bored with going to school day after day.Lasting for a long time
NAMED FOR used when giving someone or something the same name as another person or thing: It was called the Biko building, after the famous South African.Names and titles
after all used to say that something happened or was true although you did not expect it to happen or be true: Helen couldn't come to the party after all.Not expected or planned B1 used to add information that shows that what you have just said is true: You can't expect to be perfect - after all, it was only your first lesson.Reality and truth
be after sth informal to be trying to get something: What type of job are you after?Pursuing
be after sb informal to be looking for someone: The police are after him.Pursuing
(Definition of after preposition from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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