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English definition of “then”


adverb, adjective [before noun]     /ðen/
A1 (at) that time (in the past or in the future ): I was working in the city then.formal I wanted to live in the city , but my then husband (= the man who was my husband at that time ) preferred the country . Give it to me next week - I won't have time to read it before/until then. I'll phone you tomorrow - I should have the details by then.In the pastIn the future and soon
(Definition of then adverbadjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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