1. Behind in place; as, men in line one after another. “Shut doors after you.”
2. Below in rank; next to in order.
Codrus after Ph░bus sings the best. --Dryden.
3. 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.
4. Subsequent to and in consequence of; as, after what you have said, I shall be careful.
5. Subsequent to and notwithstanding; as, after all our advice, you took that course.
6. 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.
7. Denoting the aim or object; concerning; in relation to; as, to look after workmen; to inquire after a friend; to thirst after righteousness.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
All n. The whole number, quantity, or amount; the entire thing; everything included or concerned; the aggregate; the whole; totality; everything or every person; as, our all is at stake.
Death, as the Psalmist saith, is certain to all. --Shak.
All that thou seest is mine. --Gen. xxxi. 43.
Note: All is used with of, like a partitive; as, all of a thing, all of us.
After all, after considering everything to the contrary; nevertheless.
All in all, a phrase which signifies all things to a person, or everything desired; (also adverbially) wholly; altogether.
Thou shalt be all in all, and I in thee,
Trust me not at all, or all in all. --Tennyson.
-- All in the wind Naut., a phrase denoting that the sails are parallel with the course of the wind, so as to shake.
All told, all counted; in all.
And all, and the rest; and everything connected. “Bring our crown and all.” --Shak.
At all. (a) In every respect; wholly; thoroughly. [Obs.] “She is a shrew at al(l).” --Chaucer. (b) A phrase much used by way of enforcement or emphasis, usually in negative or interrogative sentences, and signifying in any way or respect; in the least degree or to the least extent; in the least; under any circumstances; as, he has no ambition at all; has he any property at all? “Nothing at all.” --Shak. “If thy father at all miss me.” --1 Sam. xx. 6.
Over all, everywhere. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
Note: ☞ All is much used in composition to enlarge the meaning, or add force to a word. In some instances, it is completely incorporated into words, and its final consonant is dropped, as in almighty, already, always: but, in most instances, it is an adverb prefixed to adjectives or participles, but usually with a hyphen, as, all-bountiful, all-glorious, allimportant, all-surrounding, etc. In others it is an adjective; as, allpower, all-giver. Anciently many words, as, alabout, alaground, etc., were compounded with all, which are now written separately.
adv 1: emphasizes something to be considered; "after all, she is
your boss, so invite her"; "he is, after all, our
2: in spite of expectations; "came to the party after all"; "it
didn't rain after all"