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afterpreposition

 us   /ˈæf·tər/
  • after preposition (FOLLOWING)

following in time, place, or order: What do you want to do after breakfast? I expect to return to work after the baby comes. Repeat these words after me. I’ll see you the day after tomorrow. It’s ten minutes after four. Week after week (= For many weeks), he’s been too busy to help.
  • after preposition (BECAUSE)

as a result of; because: After what she did to me, I’ll never trust her again. She’s named after her aunt (= given the same name in her honor).
  • after preposition (DESPITE)

despite: Even after everything that’s happened here, his behavior seems odd.
  • after preposition (WANTING)

wanting to find or have: The police are after him. He’s after Jane’s job.
after
conjunction  us   /ˈæf·tər/
The house was empty for three months after they moved out.
after
adverb [not gradable]  us   /ˈæf·tər/
Hilary drove up and Nick arrived soon after.
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"after" in British English

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afterpreposition

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 Mozart
C2 used when giving someone or something the same name as another person or thing: He was named Mark after his grandfather.

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afteradverb

uk   /ˈɑːf.tər/  us   /ˈæf.tɚ/

afterconjunction

uk   /ˈɑːf.tər/  us   /ˈæf.tɚ/

after-prefix

uk   /ɑːf.tər-/  us   /æf.tɚ-/
(Definition of after from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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