American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. At that time: I was still in school then. Come at noon; I'll be ready then.
- adv. Next in time, space, or order; immediately afterward: watched the late movie and then went to bed.
- adv. In addition; moreover; besides: It costs $20, and then there's the sales tax to pay.
- adv. 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.
- adv. In that case; accordingly: If traffic is heavy, then allow extra time.
- adv. As a consequence; therefore: The case, then, is closed.
- n. That time or moment: The bus leaves at four; until then let's walk.
- adj. Being so at that time: the then chairman of the board.
- idiom. then again From another standpoint; on the other hand: I need a vacation. Then again, so do my coworkers.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- At that time: referring to a time specified, either past or future.
- Afterward; next in order; soon afterward or immediately.
- At another time: as, now and then, at one time and another.
- By the time when or that: then in this phrase having the force of a relative.
- In that case; in consequence; therefore; for this reason.
- Then is often used in offering a substitute for a word or statement rejected.
- Than. See than.
- Synonyms Wherefore, Accordingly, etc. See therefore.
- Then being; being at that time.
- adv. temporal location At that time.
- adv. temporal location Soon afterward.
- adv. sequence Next in order; in addition.
- adv. conjunctive In that case.
- adv. sequence At the same time; on the other hand.
- adv. obsolete At the time that; when.
- adv. UK, dialect used to contradict an assertion.
- adj. being so at that time
- n. That time
- conj. Obsolete spelling of than.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. At that time (referring to a time specified, either past or future).
- adv. Soon afterward, or immediately; next; afterward.
- adv. At another time; later; again.
- conj. obsolete Than.
- conj. In that case; in consequence; as a consequence; therefore; for this reason.
- n. that time; that moment
- adv. in that case or as a consequence
- adv. at that time
- adv. subsequently or soon afterward (often used as sentence connectors)
- adj. at a specific prior time
- 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. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English thenne; see to- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“But he was cheating on his wife with the secretary whom he then threatened when she tried to break it off and *then* he tried to cut a deal with the school board essentially offering to *not* drag people's reputations through the mud if they gave him a free pass.”
“Tell you what, Mac: when he learns to spell your last name correctly, perhaps _then_ we can contemplate placing the fate of the world in his hands, but not before then.”
“I was sort of walking past Cathay with my mind kind of blank apart for “argh parkmall =/= parklane” and then I looked at her because she looked kind of pretty and then I noticed she was looking at me, and then I realized she looked kind of familiar, and then ”
“I used to get up at 4am do 2 hours of pilates, then go to work 60 hours a week..then record in the evenings..then ride a bike.”
“They need to build that party a little more, win some more local elections, get a supply of candidates and then run them for Congress, etc with experience and records to point to, and a broader support base, and *then* they will be credible on the national stage.”
“And then, and _then_, here's the best part, I got an email from Rahab/Christine!”
“Little things: packing, final bills, actually moving, then cleaning the place, then getting a job IMMEDIATELY so I can do it all over again.”
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