then
I. adverb Etymology: Middle English than, then then, than, from Old English thonne, thænne; akin to Old High German denne then, than, Old English thæt that Date: before 12th century 1. at that time 2. a. soon after that ; next in order of time <
walked to the door, then turned
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b. following next after in order of position, narration, or enumeration ; being next in a series <
first came the clowns, then came the elephants
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c. in addition ; besides <
then there is the interest to be paid
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3. a. (1) in that case <
take it, then, if you want it so much
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(2) — used after but to qualify or offset a preceding statement <
she lost the race, but then she never really expected to win
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b. according to that ; as may be inferred <
your mind is made up, then
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c. as it appears ; by way of summing up <
the cause of the accident, then, is established
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d. as a necessary consequence <
if the angles are equal, then the complements are equal
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II. noun Date: 14th century that time <
since then, he's been more cautious
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III. adjective Date: 1584 existing or acting at or belonging to the time mentioned <
the then secretary of state
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