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'AFTER, a. [The comparative degree of aft. But is some Teutonic dialects it is written with g.]

1. In marine language, more aft, or towards the stern of the ship; as, the after sails; after hatchway.

2. In common language, later in time; as, an after period of life.

In this sense, the word is often combined with the following noun; as in afternoon.

'AFTER, prep.

1. Behind in place; as, men placed in a line one after another.

2. Later in time; as, after supper. This word often precedes a sentence, as a governing preposition.

After I have arisen, I will go before you into Galilee. Math. 26.

3. In pursuit of, that is, moving behind, following; in search of.

After whom is the king of Israel come out? 1Sam. 24.

Ye shall not go after other Gods. Deut. 6.

4. In imitation of; as, to make a thing after a model.

5. According to; as, consider a thing after its intrinsic value.

6. According to the direction and influence of.

To walk after the flesh; to live after the flesh. Rom. 8.

To judge after the sight of the eye. Is. 11.

To inquire after is to seek by asking; to ask concerning.

To follow after, in scripture, is to pursue, or imitate; to serve, or worship.



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'AFTER, a. [The comparative degree of aft. But is some Teutonic dialects it is written with g.]

1. In marine language, more aft, or towards the stern of the ship; as, the after sails; after hatchway.

2. In common language, later in time; as, an after period of life.

In this sense, the word is often combined with the following noun; as in afternoon.

'AFTER, prep.

1. Behind in place; as, men placed in a line one after another.

2. Later in time; as, after supper. This word often precedes a sentence, as a governing preposition.

After I have arisen, I will go before you into Galilee. Math. 26.

3. In pursuit of, that is, moving behind, following; in search of.

After whom is the king of Israel come out? 1Sam. 24.

Ye shall not go after other Gods. Deut. 6.

4. In imitation of; as, to make a thing after a model.

5. According to; as, consider a thing after its intrinsic value.

6. According to the direction and influence of.

To walk after the flesh; to live after the flesh. Rom. 8.

To judge after the sight of the eye. Is. 11.

To inquire after is to seek by asking; to ask concerning.

To follow after, in scripture, is to pursue, or imitate; to serve, or worship.

AF'TER, a. [The comparative degree of aft. But in some Teutonic dialects it is written with g; D. agter; Dan. agters. The Eng. corresponds with the Sax. æfter, Sw. efter, Goth. aftaro, Dan. efter.]

  1. In marine language, more aft, or towards the stern of the ship; as, the after sails; after hatchway.
  2. In common language, later in time; as, an after period of life. – Marshall. In this sense, the word is often combined with the following noun; as, in afternoon.

AFT'ER, adv.

Posterior; later in time; as, it was about the space of three hours after. In this sense the word, however, is really a preposition, the object being understood; about three hours after the time or fact before specified. After is prefixed to many words, forming compounds, but retaining its genuine signification. Some of the following words are of this kind, but in some of them after seems rather to be a separate word.


AFT'ER, prep.

  1. Behind in place; as, men placed in a line one after another.
  2. Later in time; as, after supper. This word often precedes a sentence, as a governing preposition. After I have arisen, I will go before you into Galilee. – Matth. xxvi.
  3. In pursuit of, that is, moving behind, following; in search of. After whom is the king of Israel come out. – 1 Sam. xxiv. Ye shall not go after other Gods. – Deut. vi.
  4. In imitation of; as, to make a thing after a model.
  5. According to; as, consider a thing after its intrinsic value. – Bacon.
  6. According to the direction and influence of. To walk after the flesh; to live after the flesh. – Rom. viii. To judge after the sight of the eye. – Is. xi. To inquire after, is to seek by asking; to ask concerning. To follow after, in Scripture, is to pursue, or imitate; to serve, or worship.

Aft"er
  1. Next; later in time; subsequent; succeeding; as, an after period of life.

    Marshall.

    * In this sense the word is sometimes needlessly combined with the following noun, by means of a hyphen, as, after-ages, after- act, after-days, after-life. For the most part the words are properly kept separate when after has this meaning.

  2. Behind in place; as, men in line one after another.

    "Shut doors after you." Shak.
  3. Subsequently in time or place; behind; afterward; as, he follows after.

    It was about the space of three hours after.
    Acts. v. 7.

    * After is prefixed to many words, forming compounds, but retaining its usual signification. The prefix may be adverbial, prepositional, or adjectival; as in after- described, after- dinner, after-part. The hyphen is sometimes needlessly used to connect the adjective after with its noun. See Note under After, a., 1.

  4. Hinder; nearer the rear.

    (Naut.)
  5. Below in rank; next to in order.

    Shak.

    Codrus after Ph(?)bus sings the best.
    Dryden.

  6. Later in time; subsequent; as, after supper, after three days. It often precedes a clause. Formerly that was interposed between it and the clause.

    After I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.
    Matt. xxvi. 32.

  7. Subsequent to and in consequence of; as, after what you have said, I shall be careful.
  8. Subsequent to and notwithstanding; as, after all our advice, you took that course.
  9. Moving toward from behind; following, in search of; in pursuit of.

    Ye shall not go after other gods.
    Deut. vi. 14.

    After whom is the king of Israel come out?
    1 Sam. xxiv. 14.

  10. Denoting the aim or object; concerning; in relation to; as, to look after workmen; to inquire after a friend; to thirst after righteousness.
  11. In imitation of; in conformity with; after the manner of; as, to make a thing after a model; a picture after Rubens; the boy takes after his father.

    To name or call after, to name like and reference to.

    Our eldest son was named George after his uncle.
    Goldsmith.

  12. According to; in accordance with; in conformity with the nature of; as, he acted after his kind.

    He shall not judge after the sight of his eyes.
    Isa. xi. 3.

    They that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh.
    Rom. viii. 5.

  13. According to the direction and influence of; in proportion to; befitting.

    [Archaic]

    He takes greatness of kingdoms according to bulk and currency, and not after their intrinsic value.
    Bacon.

    After all, when everything has been considered; upon the whole. -- After (with the same noun preceding and following), as, wave after wave, day after day, several or many (waves, etc.) successively. -- One after another, successively. -- To be after, to be in pursuit of in order to reach or get; as, he is after money.

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'AFTER, adjective [The comparative degree of aft. But is some Teutonic dialects it is written with g.]

1. In marine language, more aft, or towards the stern of the ship; as, the after sails; after hatchway.

2. In common language, later in time; as, an after period of life.

In this sense, the word is often combined with the following noun; as in afternoon.

'AFTER, preposition

1. Behind in place; as, men placed in a line one after another.

2. Later in time; as, after supper. This word often precedes a sentence, as a governing preposition.

After I have arisen, I will go before you into Galilee. Math. 26.

3. In pursuit of, that is, moving behind, following; in search of.

After whom is the king of Israel come out? 1 Samuel 24:8.

Ye shall not go after other Gods. Deuteronomy 6:14.

4. In imitation of; as, to make a thing after a model.

5. According to; as, consider a thing after its intrinsic value.

6. According to the direction and influence of.

To walk after the flesh; to live after the flesh. Romans 8:1.

To judge after the sight of the eye. Isaiah 11:3.

To inquire after is to seek by asking; to ask concerning.

To follow after in scripture, is to pursue, or imitate; to serve, or worship.

AFTER, adverb Posterior; later in time; as, it was about the space of three hours after In this sense, the word, however, is really a preposition, the object being understood; about three hours after the time or fact before specified.

After is prefixed to many words, forming compounds, but retaining its genuine signification. Some of the following words are of this kind, but in some of them after seems rather to be a separate word.

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'AFTER, a. [The comparative degree of aft. But is some Teutonic dialects it is written with g.]

1. In marine language, more aft, or towards the stern of the ship; as, the after sails; after hatchway.

2. In common language, later in time; as, an after period of life.

In this sense, the word is often combined with the following noun; as in afternoon.

'AFTER, prep.

1. Behind in place; as, men placed in a line one after another.

2. Later in time; as, after supper. This word often precedes a sentence, as a governing preposition.

After I have arisen, I will go before you into Galilee. Math. 26.

3. In pursuit of, that is, moving behind, following; in search of.

After whom is the king of Israel come out? 1Sam. 24.

Ye shall not go after other Gods. Deut. 6.

4. In imitation of; as, to make a thing after a model.

5. According to; as, consider a thing after its intrinsic value.

6. According to the direction and influence of.

To walk after the flesh; to live after the flesh. Rom. 8.

To judge after the sight of the eye. Is. 11.

To inquire after is to seek by asking; to ask concerning.

To follow after, in scripture, is to pursue, or imitate; to serve, or worship.

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