Afterwards vs Finally - What's the difference?

afterwards | finally |


As adverbs the difference between afterwards and finally

is that afterwards is (temporal location) at a later or succeeding time while finally is at the end or conclusion; ultimately.

afterwards

English

Adverb

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  • (temporal location) At a later or succeeding time.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011
  • , date=November 3 , author=Chris Bevan , title=Rubin Kazan 1 - 0 Tottenham , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Another Karadeniz cross led to Cudicini's first save of the night, with the Spurs keeper making up for a weak punch by brilliantly pushing away Christian Noboa's snap-shot.
    Two more top-class stops followed quickly afterwards , first from Natcho's rasping shot which was heading into the top corner, and then to deny Ryazantsev at his near post.}}

    Synonyms

    * afterward

    Antonyms

    * beforehand

    finally

    English

    Adverb

    (-)
  • At the end or conclusion; ultimately.
  • (sequence) To finish (with); lastly.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=2 , passage=I had occasion […] to make a somewhat long business trip to Chicago, and on my return […] I found Farrar awaiting me in the railway station. He smiled his wonted fraction by way of greeting, […], and finally leading me to his buggy, turned and drove out of town.}}
  • (manner) Definitively, comprehensively.
  • Synonyms

    * at length * at last * endly

    Antonyms

    * (ultimately) initially