[ then ]
/ ðɛn /
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.
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Idioms for then
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
synonym study for then
8. See therefore.
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH thenthan, then .
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British Dictionary definitions for then
/ (ðɛn) /
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 for then
Old English thenne; related to Old Saxon, Old High German thanna; see than
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Idioms and Phrases with then
In addition to the idioms beginning with then
- then again
- then and there
- and then some
- every now and then
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