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An introduction to a sentence used to indicate or draw attention to a new line of thought or new topic of conversation. Now then, Tom, what has your team come up with so far? Settle down, children, settle down. Now then, where did we leave off yesterday's lesson?
a sentence opener indicating that a new topic is being opened or that the speaker is getting down to business. (Expressions such as this often use intonation to convey the connotation of the sentence that is to follow. The brief intonation pattern accompanying the expression may indicate sarcasm, disagreement, caution, consolation, sternness, etc.) "Now then, where's the pain?" asked the doctor. Mary: Now then, let's talk about you and your interests. Bob: Oh, good. My favorite subject. Sue: Now then, what are your plans for the future? Alice: I want to become a pilot. "Now then, what did you have in mind when you took this money?" asked the police investigator.
1 used for getting somebody’s attention before you start to tell them or ask something: Now then, let’s begin the next exercise. ♢ Now then, lads, what’s going on here?
2 used when you are trying to remember something: The capital of Cuba? Now then, let me think...