➔ see usage noteafter1WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: after, in, afterwardsafter is usually used as a preposition (followed by a noun)• I'll do it after lunch. • Please call after 9.30.afterfollowed by a time period is more often used to talk about past events• After a few minutes he stopped.infollowed by a time period is more often used to talk about future events• He'll be here in a few minutes.after can be used as an adverb, but only following another time adverb such as soon, not long, or shortly• Tim came in at midnight, and Lucy not long after.afterwardscan be used instead, and can also be used as an adverb on its own• His parents came shortly afterwards. • You can meet the actors afterwards (NOT after). ➔ See alsoafter
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.