then
Pronunciation
  • (British, America) IPA: /ðɛn/
  • (Australia) IPA: /ðen/

Adverb

then (not comparable)

  1. (temporal location) At that time.
    He was happy then.
    • Bible, Book of Genesis 12:6
      And the Canaanite was then in the land.
  2. (temporal location) Soon afterward.
    He fixed it, then left.
    Turn left, then right, then right again, then keep going until you reach the service station.
    • Bible, Gospel of Matthew 5:24
      First be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
  3. (sequence) Next in order; in addition.
    There are three green ones, then a blue one.
  4. (conjunctive) In that case.
    If it’s locked, then we’ll need the key.
    Is it 12 o'clock already? Then it's time for me to leave.
    You don't like potatoes? What do you want me to cook, then?
  5. (sequence) At the same time; on the other hand.
    That’s a nice shirt, but then, so is the other one.
  6. (UK, dialect, affirmation) Used to contradict an assertion.
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Adjective

then (not comparable)

  1. Being so at that time.
    • 2011, Alessandra Lemma, Mary Target, Peter Fonagy, Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy: A Clinician's Guide, page 124:
      He had met his then girlfriend when he had just started university. The relationship ended unhappily when the girlfriend complained that he never wanted to go out.
Translations
  • German: damalig
  • Portuguese: de então
  • Russian: тогда́шний
  • Spanish: de entonces

Noun
  1. That time
    It will be finished before then.
Translations
Conjunction
  1. Obsolete spelling of than#English|than
  2. Misspelling of than

Then
Proper noun
  1. Surname



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