Then Definition

At that time.
He was young then.
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Soon afterward; next in time.
He took his hat and then left.
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Next in order.
First comes alpha and then beta.
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Besides; moreover.
He enjoys walking, and then there are the benefits of exercise.
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Used after but to qualify or balance a preceding statement.
The star was nervous, but then who isn't on the first night of a new play.
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That time.
By then, they were gone.
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Of that time; being such at that time.
The then-director.
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Obsolete spelling of than.


Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Then

Origin of Then

  • From Middle English then(ne), than(ne), from Old English þonne, þanne, þænne (“then, at that time"), from Proto-Germanic *þan-, *þana- (“at that (time), then"), from Proto-Indo-European *to- (“demonstrative pronoun"). Cognate with Dutch dan (“then"), German dann (“then"), Icelandic þá (“then"). Related to than.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English thenne to- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition


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