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After (adverb)

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A'fter. adv.

  1. In succeeding time. It is used of time mentioned as succeeding some other. So we cannot say, I shall be happy after, but hereafter; but we say, I was first made miserable by the loss, but was after happier.

    Far be it from me, to justify the cruelties which were at first used towards them, which had their reward soon after. Bacon.

    The chief were those who, from the pit of hell
    Roaming to seek their prey on earth, durst fix
    Their seats long after next the seat of God.
    Paradise Lost.

  2. Following another.

    Let go thy hold, when a great wheel runs down a hill, lest it break thy neck with following it; but the great one that goes upward, let him draw thee after. Shakespeare's King Lear.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Shakespeare's King Lear (144) · Milton, John (449)

Attributes: Adverb (147)

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