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Meaning of THEN

Pronunciation:  dhen

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  that time; that moment; "we will arrive before then"; "we were friends from then on"
  2. [adv]  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"
  3. [adv]  at that time; "I was young then"; "prices were lower back then"; "science as it was then taught"
  4. [adv]  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 is a 4 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: and so, and then, so
 See Also: point, point in time



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Then\ ([th][e^]n), adv. [Originally the same word as than.
    See {Than}.]
    1. At that time (referring to a time specified, either past
       or future).
             And the Canaanite was then in the land. --Gen. xii.
             Now I know in part; but then shall I know even as
             also I am known.                      --1 Cor. xiii.
    2. Soon afterward, or immediately; next; afterward.
             First be reconciled to thy brother, and then come
             and offer thy gift.                   --Matt. v. 24.
    3. At another time; later; again.
             One while the master is not aware of what is done,
             and then in other cases it may fall out to be own
             act.                                  --L'Estrange.
    {By then}.
       (a) By that time.
       (b) By the time that. [Obs.]
                 But that opinion, I trust, by then this
                 following argument hath been well read, will be
                 left for one of the mysteries of an indulgent
                 Antichrist.                       --Milton.
    {Now and then}. See under {Now}, adv.
    {Till then}, until that time; until the time mentioned.
    Note: Then is often used elliptically, like an adjective, for
          then existing; as, the then administration.
  2. \Then\, conj.
    1. Than. [Obs.] --Spenser.
    2. In that case; in consequence; as a consequence; therefore;
       for this reason.
             If all this be so, then man has a natural freedom.
             Now, then, be all thy weighty cares away. --Dryden.
    Syn: Therefore.
    Usage: {Then}, {Therefore}. Both these words are used in
           reasoning; but therefore takes the lead, while then is
           rather subordinate or incidental. Therefore states
           reasons and draws inferences in form; then, to a great
           extent, takes the point as proved, and passes on to
           the general conclusion. ``Therefore being justified by
           faith, we have peace with God.'' --Rom. v. 1. ``So
           then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word
           of God.'' --Rom. x. 17.