Then 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). [1913 Webster]

And the Canaanite was then in the land. --Gen. xii. 6. [1913 Webster]

Now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. --1 Cor. xiii. 12. [1913 Webster]

2. Soon afterward, or immediately; next; afterward. [1913 Webster]

First be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. --Matt. v. 24. [1913 Webster]

3. At another time; later; again. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{By then}. (a) By that time. (b) By the time that. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{Now and then}. See under {Now}, adv.

{Till then}, until that time; until the time mentioned. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Note: Then is often used elliptically, like an adjective, for then existing; as, the then administration. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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