Pronunciation: (af'tur, äf'-),[key] —prep. 1. behind in place or position; following behind: men lining up one after the other. 2. later in time than; in succession to; at the close of: Tell me after supper. Day after day he came to work late. 3. subsequent to and in consequence of: After what has happened, I can never return. 4. below in rank or excellence; nearest to: Milton is usually placed after Shakespeare among English poets. 5. in imitation of or in imitation of the style of: to make something after a model; fashioned after Raphael. 6. in pursuit or search of; with or in desire for: I'm after a better job. Run after him! 7. concerning; about: to inquire after a person. 8. with the name of; for: He was named after his uncle. 9. in proportion to; in accordance with: He was a man after the hopes and expectations of his father. 10. according to the nature of; in conformity with; in agreement or unison with: He was a man after my own heart. He swore after the manner of his faith. 11. subsequent to and notwithstanding; in spite of: After all their troubles, they still manage to be optimistic. 12. after all, despite what has occurred or been assumed previously; nevertheless: I've discovered I can attend the meeting after all.
—adv. 1. behind; in the rear: Jill came tumbling after. 2. later in time; afterward: three hours after; happily ever after.
—adj. 1. later in time; next; subsequent; succeeding: In after years we never heard from him. 2. Naut.,Aeron. a. farther aft.
b. located closest to the stern or tail; aftermost: after hold; after mast. c. including the stern or tail: the after part of a hull.
—conj. subsequent to the time that: after the boys left.
—n. afters,Brit. Informal.the final course of a meal, as pudding, ice cream, or the like; dessert.