1. At that time (referring to a time specified, either past or future).
And the Canaanite was then in the land. --Gen. xii. 6.
Now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. --1 Cor. xiii. 12.
2. Soon afterward, or immediately; next; afterward.
First be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. --Matt. v. 24.
3. At another time; later; again.
One while the master is not aware of what is done, and then in other cases it may fall out to be own act. --L'Estrange.
By then. (a) By that time. (b) By the time that. [Obs.]
But that opinion, I trust, by then this following argument hath been well read, will be left for one of the mysteries of an indulgent Antichrist. --Milton.
Now and then. See under Now, adv.
Till then, until that time; until the time mentioned. --Milton.
Note: ☞ Then is often used elliptically, like an adjective, for then existing; as, the then administration.
1. Than. [Obs.]
2. In that case; in consequence; as a consequence; therefore; for this reason.
If all this be so, then man has a natural freedom. --Locke.
Now, then, be all thy weighty cares away. --Dryden.
Syn: -- Therefore.
Usage: Then, Therefore. Both these words are used in reasoning; but therefore takes the lead, while then is rather subordinate or incidental. Therefore states reasons and draws inferences in form; then, to a great extent, takes the point as proved, and passes on to the general conclusion. “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God.” --Rom. v. 1. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” --Rom. x. 17.
adj : at a specific prior time; "the then president" [syn: then(a)]
n : that time; that moment; "we will arrive before then"; "we
were friends from then on"
adv 1: 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" [syn: so, and so, and then]
2: 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"
3: at that time; "I was young then"; "prices were lower back
then"; "science as it was then taught"