after all - definition and synonyms

  1. 1
    used for saying that something is true despite what was said or planned before

    Maybe she was right after all.

    I’m sorry, but we’ve decided not to come after all.

  2. 2
    used when giving a reason to explain what you have just said

    She shouldn’t be working so hard – she is 70, after all.

    I’m not really ambitious. After all, money isn’t everything.

See also main entry: after