I. adverb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English æfter; akin to Old High German aftar after, and probably to Old English of of Date: before 12th century following in time or place ; afterward, behind, later <
we arrived shortly after
returned 20 years after
II. preposition Date: before 12th century 1. a. behind in place <
people lined up one after another
b. (1) subsequent to in time or order <
20 minutes after 6
(2) subsequent to and in view of <
after all our advice
2. — used as a function word to indicate the object of a stated or implied action <
go after gold
was asking after you
3. so as to resemble: as a. in accordance with b. with the name of or a name derived from that of <
named after his father
c. in the characteristic manner of ; in imitation of <
writing after the manner of Hemingway
III. conjunction Date: before 12th century subsequently to the time when <
we will come after we make plans
IV. adjective Date: before 12th century 1. later in time <
in after years
2. located toward the rear and especially toward the stern of a ship or tail of an aircraft V. verbal auxiliary Date: 1792 chiefly Irish — used with a present participle to indicate action completed and especially just completed <
the poor old man is after dying on me — J. M. Synge
VI. noun Date: circa 1902 afternoon

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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