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Meaning of “then” in the English Dictionary

"then" in British English

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thenadverb, adjective [before noun]

uk   us   /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 ​call you ​tomorrow - I should have the ​details by then.

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thenadverb

uk   us   /ðen/
  • then adverb (NEXT)

A1 next or after that: Let me ​finish this ​job, then we'll go. Give her the ​letter to ​read, then she'll ​understand.

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  • then adverb (IN ADDITION)

B2 in ​addition: This is the ​standardmodel - then there's the ​deluxeversion which ​costs more.

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  • then adverb (RESULT)

A2 as a ​result; in that ​case; also used as a way of ​joining a ​statement to an ​earlierpiece of ​conversation: Have a ​rest now, and then you won't be so ​tiredtonight. You'll be ​sellingyourhouse, then?

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(Definition of then from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"then" in American English

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thenadjective, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /ðen/
at that ​time (in the past or in the ​future): She was then sixteen ​yearsold. Soon the ​sun will go down, and then it will be ​time to go.

thenadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ðen/
next or after that: He smiled, then ​turned to me and ​nodded.
in ​addition: We both ​want to go, and then there’s Carmen, so we need three ​tickets.
as a ​result; in that ​case; also used as a way of ​joining a ​statement to an ​earlierpiece of ​conversation: Why don’t you ​call them to ​tell them we’ll be late? Then they won’t ​worry. If I don’t ​hear from you by ​Friday, then I’ll ​assume you’re not coming.
(Definition of then from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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