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From Middle English therafter, theraftir, þerefter, þerafter, þeræfter, from Old English þǣræfter (after that; thereafter), equivalent to there +‎ after. Cognate with West Frisian dêrefter (behind that; thereafter), Dutch daarachter (behind that; thereafter), German Low German daarachter (behind that), Danish derefter (thereafter), Swedish därefter (thereafter).



thereafter (not comparable)

  1. After that, from then on.
    He left; thereafter we never met again.
    • 1900, L. Frank Baum, chapter 23, in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz:
      "My third command to the Winged Monkeys," said Glinda, "shall be to carry you to your forest. Then, having used up the powers of the Golden Cap, I shall give it to the King of the Monkeys, that he and his band may thereafter be free for evermore."

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Here-, there- and where- words
here hereabout hereabouts hereafter hereat herebefore hereby herefore herefrom herein hereinafter hereinbefore hereinto hereof hereon hereto heretofore hereunder hereunto hereupon herewith herewithal
there thereabout thereabouts thereafter thereagain thereagainst thereamong therearound thereas thereat therebefore therebeside thereby therefore therefrom therein thereinafter thereinbefore thereinto thereof thereon thereto theretofore thereunder thereunto thereupon therewith therewithal
where whereabout whereabouts whereafter whereagainst whereamong whereas whereat whereby wherefore wherefrom wherein whereinafter whereinbefore whereinto whereof whereon whereto wheretofore whereunder whereunto whereupon wherewith wherewithal