Behind in place or order: Z comes after Y in the alphabet. Next to or lower than in order or importance. In quest or pursuit of: seek after fame; go after big money. Concerning: asked after you. Subsequent in time to; at a later time than: come after dinner. Subsequent to and because of or regardless of: They are still friends after all their differences. Following continually: year after year. In the style of or in imitation of: satires after Horace. With the same or close to the same name as; in honor or commemoration of: named after her mother. According to the nature or desires of; in conformity to: a tenor after my own heart. Past the hour of: five minutes after three. Irish Used with a present participle to indicate action that has just been completed: "Sure I'm after seeing him not five minutes ago\u201d ( James Joyce). Behind; in the rear. At a later or subsequent time; afterward: three hours after; departed shortly after. Subsequent in time or place; later; following: in after years. Located near the stern of a vessel or the rear or an aircraft or spacecraft. Following or subsequent to the time that: I saw them after I arrived. Afternoon. Chiefly British Dessert. after all In spite of everything to the contrary; nevertheless: We chose to take the train after all. after all Everything else having been considered; ultimately: A car is after all a means of transportation.