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English definition of “then”

then

adverb
 
 
/ðen/
TIME A1 at that time: Call me tomorrow - I'll have time to speak then. Tim and I were at school together, but I haven't seen him since then.In the past
NEXT A1 next, or after something has happened: She trained as a teacher and then became a lawyer. Let me finish my drink, then we'll go.In the future and soonCloseness in distance and timeAbout to happen
SO A2 so or because of that: Have a rest now, then you won't be tired this evening. "My interview's at 9 o'clock." "You'll be catching an early train, then?"Connecting words joining words or phrases with similar or related meanings
IN ADDITION B2 used in order to add something to what you have just said: I've got two essays to write and then my science project to finish.Connecting words joining words or phrases with similar or related meaningsAlso, extra, and in addition
now then/right then/okay then used to introduce a question or a suggestion: Right then, what do you want to drink? Now then, shall we make a start?InterjectionsSounds used as interjections
(Definition of then adverb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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