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Upon vs. After

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Uponpreposition

Physically above and in contact with.

‘Place the book upon the table.’;

Afteradverb

Behind; later in time; following.

‘They lived happily ever after.’; ‘I left the room, and the dog bounded after.’;

Uponpreposition

Physically directly supported by.

‘The crew set sail upon the sea.’; ‘She balanced upon one foot.’;

Afterpreposition

Subsequently to; following in time; later than.

‘We had a few beers after the game.’; ‘The time is quarter after eight.’; ‘The Cold War began shortly after the Second World War.’;

Uponpreposition

Being followed by another so as to form a series.

‘hours upon hours, years upon years’;

Afterpreposition

Behind.

‘He will leave a trail of destruction after him.’;

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Uponpreposition

At (a prescribed point in time).

‘The contract was rendered void upon his death.’;

Afterpreposition

In pursuit of, seeking.

‘He's after a job; run after him; inquire after her health.’;

Uponpreposition

On.

Afterpreposition

In allusion to, in imitation of; following or referencing.

‘We named him after his grandfather; a painting after Leonardo da Vinci.’;

Uponadverb

Being the target of an action.

‘He was set upon by the agitated dogs’;

Afterpreposition

Next in importance or rank.

‘The princess is next in line to the throne after the prince.’;

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Uponpreposition

On; - used in all the senses of that word, with which it is interchangeable.

‘Our host upon his stirrups stood anon.’; ‘Thou shalt take of the blood that is upon the altar.’; ‘The Philistines be upon thee, Samson.’; ‘As I did stand my watch upon the hill.’; ‘He made a great difference between people that did rebel upon wantonness, and them that did rebel upon want.’; ‘This advantage we lost upon the invention of firearms.’; ‘Upon the whole, it will be necessary to avoid that perpetual repetition of the same epithets which we find in Homer.’; ‘He had abandoned the frontiers, retiring upon Glasgow.’; ‘Philip swore upon the Evangelists to abstain from aggression in my absence.’;

Afterpreposition

As a result of.

‘After your bad behaviour, you will be punished.’;

Afterpreposition

In spite of.

‘After all that has happened, he is still my friend.’; ‘I can't believe that, after all our advice against gambling, you walked into that casino!’;

Afterpreposition

Used to indicate recent completion of an activity

‘I was after finishing my dinner when there was a knock on the door.’;

Afterpreposition

(dated) According to an author or text.

Afterpreposition

Denoting the aim or object; concerning; in relation to.

‘to look after workmen; to enquire after a friend; to thirst after righteousness’;

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Afterpreposition

(obsolete) According to the direction and influence of; in proportion to; befitting.

Afterconjunction

Signifies that the action of the clause it starts takes place before the action of the other clause.

‘I went home after we had decided to call it a day.’;

Afteradjective

(dated) Later; second (of two); next, following, subsequent

Afteradjective

At or towards the stern of a ship.

‘The after gun is mounted aft.’; ‘The after gun is abaft the forward gun.’;

Afteradjective

Next; later in time; subsequent; succeeding; as, an after period of life.

Afteradjective

Hinder; nearer the rear.

Afterpreposition

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

Afterpreposition

Below in rank; next to in order.

‘Codrus after Ph bus sings the best.’;

Afterpreposition

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.’;

Afterpreposition

Subsequent to and in consequence of; as, after what you have said, I shall be careful.

Afterpreposition

Subsequent to and notwithstanding; as, after all our advice, you took that course.

Afterpreposition

Moving toward from behind; following, in search of; in pursuit of.

‘Ye shall not go after other gods.’; ‘After whom is the king of Israel come out?’;

Afterpreposition

Denoting the aim or object; concerning; in relation to; as, to look after workmen; to inquire after a friend; to thirst after righteousness.

Afterpreposition

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.

‘Our eldest son was named George after his uncle.’;

Afterpreposition

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.’; ‘They that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh.’;

Afterpreposition

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

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

Afteradverb

Subsequently in time or place; behind; afterward; as, he follows after.

‘It was about the space of three hours after.’;

Afteradjective

located farther aft

Afteradverb

happening at a time subsequent to a reference time;

‘he apologized subsequently’; ‘he's going to the store but he'll be back here later’; ‘it didn't happen until afterward’; ‘two hours after that’;

Afteradverb

behind or in the rear;

‘and Jill came tumbling after’;

Afterpreposition

in the time following (an event or another period of time)

‘after a while he returned’; ‘he'd gone out with his secretary for an after-work drink’; ‘shortly after their marriage they moved to Colorado’;

Afterpreposition

in phrases indicating something happening continuously or repeatedly

‘day after day we kept studying’;

Afterpreposition

past (used in specifying a time)

‘I strolled in about ten minutes after two’;

Afterpreposition

during the time following the departure or action of

‘visitors will be required to clean up after their dogs’; ‘I tend to just tidy up after myself rather than doing a full clean all at once’;

Afterpreposition

behind

‘she went out, shutting the door after her’;

Afterpreposition

(with reference to looking or speaking) in the direction of someone who is moving further away

‘she stared after him’;

Afterpreposition

in pursuit or quest of

‘chasing after something you can't have’;

Afterpreposition

next to and following in order or importance

‘in their order of priorities health comes after housing’;

Afterpreposition

in allusion to (someone or something with the same or a related name)

‘they named her Pauline, after Barbara's mother’;

Afterpreposition

in imitation of

‘a drawing after Millet's The Reapers’;

Afterconjunction

during the period of time following (an event)

‘Duke Frederick died soon after’; ‘bath time ended in a flood after the taps were left running’;

Afteradverb

during the period of time following (an event)

‘Duke Frederick died soon after’; ‘bath time ended in a flood after the taps were left running’;

Afteradjective

later

‘he was sorry in after years’;

Afteradjective

nearer the stern of a ship

‘the after cabin’;

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