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"then" in British English

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thenadverb, adjective [before noun]

uk   /ðen/ 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   /ðen/ 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 standard model - then there's the deluxe version 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 earlier piece of conversation: Have a rest now, and then you won't be so tired tonight. You'll be selling your house, 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 years old. 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 earlier piece 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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