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af·ter·ward(ăf′tər-wərd) also af·ter·wards (-wərdz)
after afterwards later
After is usually a preposition. If something happens after a particular time or event, it happens during the period that follows that time or event.
You can say that someone does something after doing something else.
Don't say that someone is 'after' a particular age. You say that they are over that age.
Don't use 'after' to say that something is at the back of something else. The word you use is behind.
Afterwards is an adverb. If something happens afterwards, it happens after a particular event or time that has already been mentioned. You often use afterwards in expressions like not long afterwards, soon afterwards, and shortly afterwards.
Afterward is also sometimes used, especially in American English.
Later is an adverb. You use later to refer to a time or situation that follows the time when you are speaking.
A little, much, and not much can be used with later.
|Adv.||1.||afterwards - happening at a time subsequent to a reference time; "he apologized subsequently"; "he's going to the store but he'll be back here later"; "it didn't happen until afterward"; "two hours after that"|