Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “after”

See all translations

after

preposition uk   /ˈɑːf.tər/ us    /ˈæf.tɚ/
A1 following in time, place, or order: Let's go for a walk after breakfast. Some people believe in life after death. Her name came after mine on the list. There's a good film on the day after tomorrow. She waited until well after midnight. US It's a quarter after four. She just keeps on working, day after day, week after week (= continuously). We've had meeting after meeting (= many meetings) to discuss this point. Jessie seemed very small after (= in comparison with) Michael's children. After (= despite) everything I've done for you, is this the way you treat me? After (= because of) what she did to me, I'll never trust her again. The children have to learn to tidy up after themselves (= after they have made things untidy). She slammed the door after (= behind) her. We ran after (= followed) him, but he escaped. Could you lock up after you (= when you leave), please?be after sb/sth informal to be looking for someone or something or trying to find or get him, her, or it: The police are after him. I'm after a tie to go with this shirt. I'm sure she's after my husband. He's after Jane's job (= wants it for himself).after you used to say politely that someone can go in front of you or serve themselves with food before you: "Can I pour you some coffee?" "Oh no, after you." typical of or similar to the style of: a painting after Titian a concerto after MozartC2 used when giving someone or something the same name as another person or thing: He was named Mark after his grandfather.
More examples
Idioms

after

adverb uk   /ˈɑːf.tər/ us    /ˈæf.tɚ/
A2 later than someone or something else: Hilary got here at midday and Nick arrived soon after. I can't go next week - how about the week after (= the following week)? not standard She got back at 4.30 and went to see Emilie after (= after she got back).
More examples

after

(Definition of after preposition, adverb, conjunction from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of after?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “after” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

past participle

the form of a verb, usually made by adding -ed, used in some grammatical structures such as the passive and the present perfect

Word of the Day

Euphemisms (Words used to Avoid Offending People)

by Kate Woodford,
March 04, 2015
​​​ We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More