American English

Definition of after preposition from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1later than something; following something in time We'll leave after lunch. They arrived shortly after 5. Not long after that he resigned. Let's meet the day after tomorrow/the week after next. After winning the prize, she became famous overnight. After an hour I went home (= when an hour had passed). It's ten after seven in the morning (= 7:10 a.m.)
  2. 2… after… used to show that something happens many times or continuously day after day of hot weather I've told you time after time not to do that. see also one after another/the other
  3. 3behind someone when they have left; following someone Shut the door after you. I'm always having to clean up after the kids (= clean the place after they have left it dirty or messy). He ran after her with the book. She was left staring after him.
  4. 4next to and following someone or something in order or importance Your name comes after mine on the list. He's the tallest, after Richard. After you (= Please go first). I'll jump into the pool after she does.
  5. 5in contrast to something It was pleasantly cool in the house after the sticky heat outside.
  6. 6as a result of or because of something that has happened I'll never forgive him after what he said.
  7. 7despite something; although something has happened I can't believe she'd do that, not after all I've done for her.
  8. 8trying to find or catch someone or something The police are after him. He's after a job at our place.
  9. 9about someone or something She asked after you (= how you were).
  10. 10in the style of someone or something; following the example of someone or something a painting after Goya We named the baby “Lillian” after her grandmother.
  11. 11after- (in adjectives) happening or done later than the time or event mentioned after-hours drinking (= after closing time) an after-school club after-dinner mints
  12. Idioms
    1. 1despite what has been said or expected So you made it after all!
    2. 2used when you are explaining something, or giving a reason He should have paid. He suggested it, after all.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: after