She lived in the Soviet Union, as it then was called.
Just then he walked in.
Back then, he was living in New York. Noun
Since then, I've been more careful.
He advised me to wait until then.
They'll announce their decision next week. Until then, she'll just have to hope for the best.
We should get there before then.
They were friends from then on.
Nothing like that had ever happened up to then. See More
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But if bacteria attack host cells indirectly (such as by secreting proteins that go on to harm host cells), then a larger dose of bacteria is necessary to infect the host, since the host-modifying secretions could be diluted by time and space.—WIRED, 19 Nov. 2023 The work is Sisyphean: Move the pile from one spot this week, then go through the whole process again a week later.—John Leland, New York Times, 19 Nov. 2023 Dispatchers then heard the caller fire a single gunshot.—Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2023 Blige then spoke about what the moment meant to her, eschewing her prepared speech for heartfelt and impassioned words from the heart.—Stephanie McNeal, Glamour, 8 Nov. 2023 Officers then presented Thompson with documents that said the state had been granted an order of custody, the incident report said.—Antonio Planas, NBC News, 8 Nov. 2023 Faced with growing privacy fears at home and emerging national security threats abroad, Congress took stock of the situation and then resigned to split the baby.—WIRED, 7 Nov. 2023 Back in April, the actor told ABC News‘ Diane Sawyer that his jaw was then being held together with rubber bands and screws.—Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Nov. 2023 The jeans are more fitted at the thigh and then taper out at the ends for a leg-elongating effect.—Nicol Natale, Peoplemag, 7 Nov. 2023
But don’t give me thens and nows.—John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, 14 Mar. 2023 As soon as Lovato sat down with the then owners and learned about the building’s history, he was hooked.—Brayden Garcia, Dallas News, 28 Jan. 2021
Both land grants were issued by the then governors of Mexican California, Pio Pico and Manuel Micheltorena.—Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Oct. 2023 But his contract was allowed to expire Dec. 31 after the parents of Gio Reyna, unhappy with their son’s playing time, reported to U.S. Soccer and then went public with details of a 30-year-old domestic violence incident involving Berhalter and his then-girlfriend, now wife, Rosalind.—Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 16 June 2023 In 2020 Beijing imposed a national-security law on Hong Kong in violation of its 1984 treaty with Britain that turned over control of its then colony to China in 1997.—The Editorial Board, wsj.com, 14 Apr. 2023 While under investigation, McGrath moved to Florida and bought a house in a gated community with his then-girlfriend.—Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2023 That all ended in 2010, when a grand jury indicted Alarcon and his then-wife on charges of voter fraud.—Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2023 Paltrow and her kids were there that day at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah, to have a mixer with Paltrow's then-boyfriend and now-husband Brad Falchuk and his two kids to see how their families blended.—Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 29 Mar. 2023 Rebecca recruited close friends and family to be on the lookout for shoes in his then-size 17, and for larger sizes in anticipation of future growth.—Susan Bromley, USA TODAY, 17 Mar. 2023 Greg Allman came to one dinner with his then wife, Cher, who mistook a finger bowl for a drink and downed it.—Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, 27 Mar. 2023 See More
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Middle English than, then then, than, from Old English thonne, thænne; akin to Old High German denne then, than, Old English thæt that
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1