Definition of after preposition from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɑːftə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈæftər//
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  1. 1  later 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). (North American English) 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. 3  behind somebody when they have left; following somebody Shut the door after you. I'm always having to clean up after the children (= clean the place after they have left it dirty and untidy). He ran after her with the book. She was left staring after him.
  4. 4  next to and following somebody/something in order or importance Your name comes after mine in the list. He's the tallest, after Richard. After you (= Please go first). After you with the paper (= Can I have it next?).
  5. 5  in contrast to something It was pleasantly cool in the house after the sticky heat outside.
  6. 6  as 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 somebody/something The police are after him. He's after a job at our place.
  9. 9about somebody/something She asked after you (= how you were).
  10. 10in the style of somebody/something; following the example of somebody/something a painting after Goya We named the baby ‘Ena’ 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. Word OriginOld English æfter, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch achter.Idioms
    1. 1  despite what has been said or expected So you made it after all!
    2. 2  used when you are explaining something, or giving a reason He should have paid. He suggested it, after all.
      be after doing something (Irish English)
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    1. 1to be going to do something soon; to be intending to do something soon
    2. 2to have just done something
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: after