Definition of than preposition from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    preposition, conjunction
    BrE BrE//ðən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ðən//
    ; BrE strong form BrE//ðæn//
    ; NAmE strong form NAmE//ðæn//
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  1. 1  used to introduce the second part of a comparison I'm older than her. There was more whisky in it than soda. He loves me more than you do. It was much better than I'd expected. You should know better than to behave like that. I'd rather email than phone, if that's OK by you.
  2. 2  more/less/fewer, etc. than used for comparing amounts, numbers, distances, etc. It never takes more than an hour. It's less than a mile to the beach. There were fewer than twenty people there.
  3. 3used in expressions showing that one thing happens straight after another No sooner had I sat down than there was a loud knock on the door. Hardly had we arrived than the problems started.
  4. Word OriginOld English than(ne), thon(ne), thænne, originally the same word as then.Idioms
      other than (usually used in negative sentences)
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    1. 1  except I don't know any French people other than you. We're going away in June but other than that I'll be here all summer.
    2. 2(formal) different or in a different way from; not I have never known him to behave other than selfishly.
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