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THEN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does then mean? 

THEN (noun)
  The noun THEN has 1 sense:

1. that time; that moment

  Familiarity information: THEN used as a noun is very rare.


THEN (adjective)
  The adjective THEN has 1 sense:

1. at a specific prior time

  Familiarity information: THEN used as an adjective is very rare.


THEN (adverb)
  The adverb THEN has 3 senses:

1. subsequently or soon afterward (often used as sentence connectors)
2. in that case or as a consequence
3. at that time

  Familiarity information: THEN used as an adverb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


THEN (noun)


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Meaning:

That time; that moment

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Context examples:

we will arrive before then / we were friends from then on

Hypernyms ("then" is a kind of...):

point; point in time (an instant of time)


THEN (adjective)


Sense 1then [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

At a specific prior time

Context example:

the then president

Similar:

past (earlier than the present time; no longer current)


THEN (adverb)


Sense 1then [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Subsequently or soon afterward (often used as sentence connectors)

Synonyms:

and so; and then; then; so

Context examples:

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


Sense 2then [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In that case or as a consequence

Context examples:

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


Sense 3then [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

At that time

Context examples:

I was young then / prices were lower back then / science as it was then taught


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