- at that time: Prices were lower then.
- immediately or soon afterward: The rain stopped and then started again.
- next in order of time: We ate, then we started home.
- at the same time: At first the water seemed blue, then gray.
- next in order of place: Standing beside Charlie is my uncle, then my cousin, then my brother.
- in addition; besides; also: I love my job, and then it pays so well.
- in that case; as a consequence; in those circumstances: If you're sick, then you should stay in bed.
- since that is so; as it appears; therefore: You have, then, found the mistake? You are leaving tonight then.
- being; being such; existing or being at the time indicated: the then prime minister.
- that time: We have not been back since then. Till then, farewell.
- but then, but on the other hand: I found their conversation very dull, but then I have different tastes.
- then and there, at that precise time and place; at once; on the spot: I started to pack my things right then and there.Also there and then.
Origin of then
Examples from the Web for thens
There is the old shepherd, Will, but he only comes into the house by nows and thens.Out in the Forty-Five
Emily Sarah Holt
All the story was dragged from him by reiterated "And thens—?"A Young Man's Year
She went fest, I do sepose to Olyhed, and thens to Liverpule in one of them pakkats.Willing to Die
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Thence, thens, adv. from that time or place: for that reason.
This is nonsense: there can be no such thing as a now and then, nor, of course, a number of now and thens.Write It Right
- at that time; over that period of time
- (sentence modifier) in that case; that being sothen why don't you ask her?; if he comes, then you'll have to leave; go on then, take it
- then and there See there (def. 6)
- after that; with thatthen John left the room and didn't return
- that timebefore then; from then on
- (prenominal) existing, functioning, etc, at that timethe then prime minister
Word Origin and History for thens
adverb of time, from Old English þanne, þænne, þonne, from Proto-Germanic *thana- (cf. Old Frisian thenne, Old Saxon thanna, Dutch dan, Old High German danne, German dann), from PIE demonstrative pronoun root *to- (see the). For further sense development, see than. Similar evolutions in other Germanic languages; Dutch uses dan in both senses, but German has dann (adv.) "then," denn (conj.) "than." Now and then "at various times" is attested from 1550s; earlier then and then (c.1200).