afterward, afterwards
Afterward is restricted to North America

• (Afterward, he had a long and satisfying career with the city Welfare Department —New Yorker, 1987

• Afterward they were enormously and finally sick of each other —Alice Munro, 1987

(Canada), whereas afterwards is the customary form in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, and is an optional by-form in North America.

Modern English usage. 2014.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • afterward — index ex post facto Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • afterward — (adv.) O.E. æftanweard, from æftan after (see AFT (Cf. aft)) + weard suffix indicating direction (see WARD (Cf. ward)); nautical use as aftward, then expanded by influence of after; variant AFTERWARDS (Cf. afterwards) shows adverbial genitive …   Etymology dictionary

  • afterward — / afterwards [adv] following a time, event after, another time, at a later time, a while later, behind, by and by, ensuingly, eventually, in a while, intra, late, later, latterly, next, on the next day, soon, subsequently, then, thereafter,… …   New thesaurus

  • afterward — afterward, afterwards Subsequent in point of time; synonymous with thereafter …   Black's law dictionary

  • afterward — [af′tərwərd] adv. [OE æfterweard: see AFTER & WARD] at a later time; subsequently: also afterwards …   English World dictionary

  • afterward — af|ter|ward [ æftərwərd ] adverb *** after something else that you have already mentioned: Let s go see a movie and afterward we could get something to eat. four days/several minutes/two weeks etc. afterward: Our neighbors won the lottery but… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Afterward — Afterwards Aft er*wards, Afterward Aft er*ward, adv. [AS. [ae]fteweard, a., behind. See {Aft}, and { ward} (suffix). The final s in afterwards is adverbial, orig. a genitive ending.] At a later or succeeding time. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • afterward — See afterward, afterwards …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • afterward — adverb happening at a time subsequent to a reference time (Freq. 13) he apologized subsequently he s going to the store but he ll be back here later it didn t happen until afterward two hours after that • Syn: ↑subsequently, ↑later …   Useful english dictionary

  • afterward — or afterwards adverb Date: 13th century at a later or succeeding time ; subsequently, thereafter …   New Collegiate Dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.