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Definition of "then" []

  • At that time: I was still in school then. Come at noon; I'll be ready then. (adverb)
  • Next in time, space, or order; immediately afterward: watched the late movie and then went to bed. (adverb)
  • In addition; moreover; besides: It costs $20, and then there's the sales tax to pay. (adverb)
  • 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. (adverb)
  • In that case; accordingly: If traffic is heavy, then allow extra time. (adverb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "then" in a sentence
  • "If McCain wins and then bombs, *then* Hillary becomes a formidable candidate again."
  • "And then the whole blame game thing just cracks me up they are ridiculous..then they are gona take off a few days and meet again on Thurs…so they will all be vacationing in Marthas Vineyard while the country falls apart. mario de la ossa"
  • "I had literally sat down to my first interview, when patchy and intermittent phone calls started coming in, first from our base in London, then from HQ in Atlanta: a plane had crashed into the WTC….it may have been an accident…still checking…..then a second plane…..and suddenly it was all systems go."