What does then mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word then.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. then(adj)

    that time; that moment

    "we will arrive before then"; "we were friends from then on"

  2. then(a)(adverb)

    at a specific prior time

    "the then president"

  3. then, so, and so, and then(adverb)

    subsequently or soon afterward (often used as sentence connectors)

    "then he left"; "go left first, then right"; "first came lightning, then thunder"; "we watched the late movie and then went to bed"; "and so home and to bed"

  4. then(adverb)

    in that case or as a consequence

    "if he didn't take it, then who did?"; "keep it then if you want to"; "the case, then, is closed"; "you've made up your mind then?"; "then you'll be rich"

  5. then(adverb)

    at that time

    "I was young then"; "prices were lower back then"; "science as it was then taught"


  1. then(Noun)

    That time

    It will be finished before then.

  2. then(Adverb)

    At that time.

    He was happy then.

  3. then(Adverb)

    Soon afterward.

  4. then(Adverb)

    Next in order; in addition.

    There are three green ones, then a blue one.

  5. then(Adverb)

    In that case.

  6. then(Adverb)

    At the same time; on the other hand.

    That's a nice shirt, but then, so is the other one.

  7. then(Adverb)

    At the time that; when.

  8. then(Adverb)

    used to contradict an assertion.

  9. then(Adjective)

    being so at that time

  10. Origin: From then, than, from þonne, þanne, þænne, from þan-, from to-. Cognate with dan, dann, þá. Related to than.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Then(adverb)

    at that time (referring to a time specified, either past or future)

  2. Then(adverb)

    soon afterward, or immediately; next; afterward

  3. Then(adverb)

    at another time; later; again

  4. Then


  5. Then

    in that case; in consequence; as a consequence; therefore; for this reason

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Then

    then, adv. at that time: afterward: immediately: at another time.—conj. for that reason, therefore: in that case.—adj. being at that time.—n. a specific time already mentioned.—By then, by that time. [A doublet of than.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'then' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #71

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'then' in Written Corpus Frequency: #51

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'then' in Adverbs Frequency: #3

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'then' in Adjectives Frequency: #906


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of then in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of then in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic:

    If not, then nothing.

  2. Bertolt Brecht:

    Grub first, then ethics.

  3. President Obama:

    I've changed them since then.

  4. Serena Williams:

    And then everything went bad.

  5. Sean Bolton:

    We splurge every now and then.

Images & Illustrations of then

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Translations for then

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • ثمArabic
  • тады, затымBelarusian
  • тогаваBulgarian
  • তারপর, তখন, এরপরBengali
  • al mateix temps, llavors, després, mentrestantCatalan, Valencian
  • pak, potom, tehdyCzech
  • bryd hynnyWelsh
  • dann, damalig, danach, damals, anschließend, genauso, gleichermaßenGerman
  • τότεGreek
  • tiam, tiama, tamenEsperanto
  • también, después, entonces, luegoSpanish
  • بعد, پس, سپسPersian
  • toisaalta, silloin, silloinen, sitten, niinFinnish
  • là, cependant, puis, en même temps, alors, auquel casFrench
  • i ndiadh sinIrish
  • an dèidh sin, an dèidh làimhe, ma-thà, a-rèist, matàScottish Gaelic
  • אז, אחר כךHebrew
  • तब, फिर, तोHindi
  • majd, aztán, akkor, azután, viszont, ugyanakkorHungarian
  • ուրեմն, հետոArmenian
  • saat ituIndonesian
  • loreIdo
  • þáIcelandic
  • allora, poi, allo stesso tempoItalian
  • 当時, その後, そのとき, その時点, それから, だから, その時, そして, 次にJapanese
  • მაშინ, მერე, კვლავGeorgian
  • ដូច្នេះ, ក្រោយមក, ពេលនោះ, កាលនោះ, រួចមក, បន្ទាប់មក, អញ្ចឹងKhmer
  • 나중에, 그때, 그 때, 이후, 그러면Korean
  • pa, de, hingê, peyre, madem, paşî, dûre, piştre, dûvreKurdish
  • tum, deinde, exinde, interim, tuncLatin
  • dunnLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • tadaLithuanian
  • tadLatvian
  • kātahiMāori
  • тогаш, потоаMacedonian
  • pada masa yang sama, tidak lama kemudian, oleh sebab yang demikian, selepas ituMalay
  • daværendeNorwegian
  • dan, trouwens, toen, toenmaligDutch
  • dåværandeNorwegian Nynorsk
  • deretter, den gang, da, så, siden, i så fallNorwegian
  • índaNavajo, Navaho
  • wtedy, potem, również, także, wówczas, toPolish
  • بياPashto, Pushto
  • então, depois, caso, [[naquela]] [[época]], seguidamente, simultaneamente, em seguida, [[naquele]] [[tempo]], entretanto, sequencialmentePortuguese
  • hinaspaQuechua
  • atunci, apoiRomanian
  • после, тогда, затем, потом, в таком случаеRussian
  • potom, posle, затим, онда, потом, тада, после, onda, zatim, tadaSerbo-Croatian
  • potom, vtedySlovak
  • potém, natóSlovene
  • pastaj, atëherëAlbanian
  • sedan, å andra sidan, alltså, så, samtidigt, sen, dåvarande, då, dessutom, i så fall, därpåSwedish
  • అప్పుడుTelugu
  • ในตอนนั้น, แล้วก็Thai
  • sonra, o zaman, ondan sonraTurkish
  • тоді, потімUkrainian
  • تب, پھر, توUrdu
  • thì, sau đó, khi ấyVietnamese
  • tänoVolapük

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