Etymology
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afterward (adv.)

Old English æfterwearde "behind, in back, in the rear," from æft "after" (see aft) + -weard suffix indicating direction (see -ward); expanded by influence of after. Variant afterwards shows adverbial genitive. Old English also had æfterweardnes "posterity."

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Definitions of afterward

afterward (adv.)
happening at a time subsequent to a reference time;
it didn't happen until afterward
Synonyms: subsequently / later / afterwards / after / later on
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