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Meaning & Definition of Then in English





1. That time

  • That moment
  • "We will arrive before then"
  • "We were friends from then on"
  • then


1. At a specific prior time

  • "The then president"
  • then(a)


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"
  • then
  • ,
  • 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"
  • then

3. At that time

  • "I was young then"
  • "Prices were lower back then"
  • "Science as it was then taught"
  • then

Examples of using

And then he quickly looked around to make sure that nobody saw it.
The English articles are bread-and-butter important. For instance, if I ask my English friend to hold my bag for a while, and then ask to give it back by saying "Give me bag", he'll probably steal the bag of the man standing around because he didn't understand which bag was meant.
I invested all my money and then found out their business was a racket.