To be after
After Aft"er, prep. 1. Behind in place; as, men in line one after another. ``Shut doors after you.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Below in rank; next to in order. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Codrus after Ph?bus sings the best. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

After I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee. --Matt. xxvi. 32. [1913 Webster]

4. Subsequent to and in consequence of; as, after what you have said, I shall be careful. [1913 Webster]

5. Subsequent to and notwithstanding; as, after all our advice, you took that course. [1913 Webster]

6. Moving toward from behind; following, in search of; in pursuit of. [1913 Webster]

Ye shall not go after other gods. --Deut. vi. 14. [1913 Webster]

After whom is the king of Israel come out? --1 Sam. xxiv. 14. [1913 Webster]

7. Denoting the aim or object; concerning; in relation to; as, to look after workmen; to inquire after a friend; to thirst after righteousness. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{To name} or {call after}, to name like and reference to. [1913 Webster]

Our eldest son was named George after his uncle. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

9. According to; in accordance with; in conformity with the nature of; as, he acted after his kind. [1913 Webster]

He shall not judge after the sight of his eyes. --Isa. xi. 3. [1913 Webster]

They that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh. --Rom. viii. 5. [1913 Webster]

10. According to the direction and influence of; in proportion to; befitting. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

He takes greatness of kingdoms according to bulk and currency, and not after their intrinsic value. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


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  • To come after — Come Come, v. i. [imp. {Came}; p. p. {Come}; p. pr & vb. n. {Coming}.] [OE. cumen, comen, AS. cuman; akin to OS.kuman, D. komen, OHG. queman, G. kommen, Icel. koma, Sw. komma, Dan. komme, Goth. giman, L. venire (gvenire), Gr. ? to go, Skr. gam.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To look after — Look Look (l[oo^]k), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Looked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Looking}.] [OE. loken, AS. l[=o]cian; akin to G. lugen, OHG. luog[=e]n.] 1. To direct the eyes for the purpose of seeing something; to direct the eyes toward an object; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To run after — Run Run, v. i. [imp. {Ran}or {Run}; p. p. {Run}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Running}.] [OE. rinnen, rennen (imp. ran, p. p. runnen, ronnen). AS. rinnan to flow (imp. ran, p. p. gerunnen), and iernan, irnan, to run (imp. orn, arn, earn, p. p. urnen); akin… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To take after — Take Take, v. i. 1. To take hold; to fix upon anything; to have the natural or intended effect; to accomplish a purpose; as, he was inoculated, but the virus did not take. Shak. [1913 Webster] When flame taketh and openeth, it giveth a noise.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To feel after — Feel Feel, v. i. 1. To have perception by the touch, or by contact of anything with the nerves of sensation, especially those upon the surface of the body. [1913 Webster] 2. To have the sensibilities moved or affected. [1913 Webster] [She] feels… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To reach after — Reach Reach, v. i. 1. To stretch out the hand. [1913 Webster] Goddess humane, reach, then, and freely taste! Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To strain after something; to make efforts. [1913 Webster] Reaching above our nature does no good. Dryden.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To start after — start start (st[aum]rt), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {started}; p. pr. & vb. n. {starting}.] [OE. sterten; akin to D. storten to hurl, rush, fall, G. st[ u]rzen, OHG. sturzen to turn over, to fall, Sw. st[ o]rta to cast down, to fall, Dan. styrte, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To listen after — Listen Lis ten (l[i^]s n), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Listened} (l[i^]s nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Listening}.] [OE. listnen, listen, lustnen, lusten, AS. hlystan; akin to hlyst hearing, OS. hlust, Icel. hlusta to listen, hlust ear, AS. hlosnian to wait in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To Be or Not to Be (1942 film) — Infobox Film | name = To Be or Not to Be caption = To Be or Not to Be VHS cover director = Ernst Lubitsch producer = Ernst Lubitsch writer = Melchior Lengyel Edwin Justus Mayer starring = Carole Lombard Jack Benny Robert Stack Felix Bressart Sig… …   Wikipedia

  • To walk after the flesh — Walk Walk (w[add]k), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Walked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Walking}.] [OE. walken, probably from AS. wealcan to roll, turn, revolve, akin to D. walken to felt hats, to work a hat, G. walken to full, OHG. walchan to beat, to full, Icel.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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