after all


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af·ter

 (ăf′tər)
prep.
1.
a. Behind in place or order: Z comes after Y in the alphabet.
b. Next to or lower than in order or importance.
2. In quest or pursuit of: seek after fame; go after big money.
3. Concerning: asked after you.
4. Subsequent in time to; at a later time than: come after dinner.
5. Subsequent to and because of or regardless of: They are still friends after all their differences.
6. Following continually: year after year.
7. In the style of or in imitation of: satires after Horace.
8. With the same or close to the same name as; in honor or commemoration of: named after her mother.
9. According to the nature or desires of; in conformity to: a tenor after my own heart.
10. Past the hour of: five minutes after three.
11. Irish Used with a present participle to indicate action that has just been completed: "Sure I'm after seeing him not five minutes ago" (James Joyce).
adv.
1. Behind; in the rear.
2. At a later or subsequent time; afterward: three hours after; departed shortly after.
adj.
1. Subsequent in time or place; later; following: in after years.
2. Located near the stern of a vessel or the rear or an aircraft or spacecraft.
conj.
Following or subsequent to the time that: I saw them after I arrived.
n.
1. Afternoon.
2. afters Chiefly British Dessert.
Idiom:
after all
1. In spite of everything to the contrary; nevertheless: We chose to take the train after all.
2. Everything else having been considered; ultimately: A car is after all a means of transportation.

[Middle English, from Old English æfter; see apo- in Indo-European roots.]

after all

You use after all when you are mentioning an additional point that supports or helps explain what you have just said.

It had to be recognized, after all, that I was still a schoolboy.
I thought he might know where Sue is. After all, she is his wife.

You also use after all to say that something is true or may be true in spite of what had previously been thought.

Perhaps it isn't such a bad village after all.
I realised he was telling the truth after all.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'after all' when you want to introduce a final point, question, or topic. Instead you use finally or lastly.

Finally I want to thank you all for coming.
Lastly I would like to ask about your future plans.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.after all - emphasizes something to be considered; "after all, she is your boss, so invite her"; "he is, after all, our president"
2.after all - in spite of expectations; "came to the party after all"; "it didn't rain after all"
Translations
رُغْمَ ذَلِكمَع كُل ذَلِك
konec koncůnakonecpřece jenom
alligeveltrods alt
al fin y al cabodespués de todo
történtek: a történtek után
òegar öllu er á botninn hvolftòrátt fyrir allt
koniec koncovnakoniec predsa
ne de olsasonunda

after

(ˈaːftə) preposition
1. later in time or place than. After the car came a bus.
2. following (often indicating repetition). one thing after another; night after night.
3. behind. Shut the door after you!
4. in search or pursuit of. He ran after the bus.
5. considering. After all I've done you'd think he'd thank me; It's sad to fail after all that work.
6. (American. in telling the time) past: It's a quarter after ten.
adverb
later in time or place. They arrived soon after.
conjunction
later than the time when. After she died we moved house twice.
ˈaftermath (-mӕθ) noun
the situation etc resulting from an important, especially unpleasant, event. The country is still suffering from the aftermath of the war.
ˈafterthought noun
a later thought.
ˈafterwards adverb
later or after something else has happened or happens. He told me afterwards that he had not enjoyed the film.
after all
1. (used when giving a reason for doing something etc) taking everything into consideration. I won't invite him. After all, I don't really know him.
2. in spite of everything that has/had happened, been said etc. It turns out he went by plane after all.
be after
to be looking for something. What are you after?; The police are after him.
References in classic literature ?
After all, the art of handling ships is finer, perhaps, than the art of handling men.
The taking of a modern steamship about the world (though one would not minimize its responsibilities) has not the same quality of intimacy with nature, which, after all, is an indispensable condition to the building up of an art.
After all, we're all sick of seeing players sent off for trivial misdemeanours, but rules are made to be followed.