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then adj : at a specific prior time; "the then president" [syn: then(a)] n : that time; that moment; "we will arrive before then"; "we were friends from then on" adv
1 subsequently or soon afterward (often used as sentence connectors); "then he left"; "go left first, then right"; "first came lightning, then thunder"; "we watched the late movie and then went to bed"; "and so home and to bed" [syn: so, and so, and then]
2 in that case or as a consequence; "if he didn't take it, then who did?"; "keep it then if you want to"; "the case, then, is closed"; "you've made up your mind then?"; "then you'll be rich"
3 at that time; "I was young then"; "prices were lower back then"; "science as it was then taught"

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  • /ðɛn/, /DEn/
  • a Canada /ðen/
  • Homophones: unstressed than
    Rhymes: -ɛn


Old English þonne


  1. at that time
    He was happy then.
  2. soon afterward.
    He fixed it, then left.
  3. next in order; in addition.
    There are three green ones, then a blue one.
  4. in that case.
    If it’s locked, then we’ll need the key.
  5. at the same time; on the other hand.
    That’s a nice shirt, but then, so is the other one.


at that time
soon afterward
next in order
in that case
at the same time; on the other hand


  1. being so at that time


being so at that time
  • Dutch: toenmalig, toenmalige
  • Finnish: silloinen
  • Japanese: 当時, そのとき, その時点
  • Swedish: dåvarande


  1. that time
    It will be finished before then.


being so at that time
  • Swedish: dess, då

Extensive Definition

Then is a common adverb in English, indicating the apodosis of a conditional sentence. It is never equivalent to or synonymous with the conjunction than (although in a small number of accents the two may be considered homophones) nor the adjective thin.
Then may also refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

above, accordingly, additionally, aforetime, after, after all, after that, afterwards, again, all included, also, altogether, among other things, ancient, and all, and also, and so, anon, as well, at another time, at that moment, at that time, au reste, because of that, because of this, before, before now, beforetime, beside, besides, beyond, consequently, contemporaneously, earlier, early, else, en plus, erenow, erewhile, ergo, erst, erstwhile, ex post facto, extra, farther, for lagniappe, for that, for that cause, for that reason, for this cause, for this reason, for which reason, fore, former, formerly, further, furthermore, hence, hereat, heretofore, historically, hitherto, immemorial, in, in addition, in that case, in the aftermath, in the past, in the sequel, in times past, inter alia, into the bargain, item, late, later, likewise, more, moreover, next, old, olden, on that account, on that ground, on that occasion, on the side, on this account, on top of, once, onetime, only yesterday, over, past, plus, prehistoric, prehistorically, previous, previously, primeval, primitive, prior, priorly, propter hoc, quondam, recent, recently, similarly, simultaneously, since, sometime, subsequently, thence, thereafter, thereat, therefor, therefore, thereon, thereupon, therewith, thus, thusly, thuswise, to boot, too, when, whence, wherefore, wherefrom, whilom, yesterday, yet
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