there·​by | \t͟her-ˈbī, ˈt͟her-ˌbī\

Definition of thereby 

1 : by that : by that means thereby lost her chance to win

2 : connected with or with reference to that thereby hangs a tale— William Shakespeare

Examples of thereby in a Sentence

He signed the contract, thereby forfeiting his right to the property.

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Animators can specify how densely those particles are packed in different regions of the cloud, thereby defining its shape. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New software will let artists control how light interacts with objects," 30 Nov. 2018 The idea is anyone anywhere in the world can download these patterns and cut them using CNC machines and local makers thereby decentralizing manufacturing. Diana Budds, Curbed, "4 lessons Mexican designers can teach the world," 19 Oct. 2018 As a result, the $21.4 billion ETF has sold 3.8 million Facebook shares since April, more than half of its holdings, according to FactSet, thereby avoiding a sizable slice of Facebook’s 21% tumble since July 25. Asjylyn Loder, WSJ, "Index Quirk Helps Vanguard Fund Dodge Facebook Fall," 1 Aug. 2018 And the metal tariffs would impose similar hardships on other manufacturing industries, while imposing even greater costs on the nation’s construction industry — thereby increasing the obstacles to commercial development. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Bids Goodbye to Gary Cohn – And Empirical Reality," 7 Mar. 2018 The nuclear option would be for WTO members to invoke Article 9, which allows voting where consensus isn’t possible, thereby providing a mechanism to override the U.S. veto. Simon Nixon, WSJ, "Trump Puts the WTO on the Ropes," 11 July 2018 Supporters say dropping the test requirement is intended to encourage more disadvantaged students to apply, thereby providing wider access. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Why the University of Chicago Is Dropping Its SAT/ACT Test Requirement," 15 June 2018 And no entity on the planet does a better job, whether directly or indirectly, of glorying these killers, and thereby providing the inspiration for the next one, than our mainstream media. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "NRA host calls for legislation to limit reporting on mass shooters. Then he says he doesn’t mean it.," 24 May 2018 Yes, some scoff at Bluetooth because transmission compresses data, thereby diminishing audio quality. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "These Are the $100 Bluetooth Headphones I'll Use Every Day," 10 Mar. 2015

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First Known Use of thereby

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of thereby

: by means of that act, those words, that document, etc.


there·​by | \t͟her-ˈbī \

Kids Definition of thereby

: by that He tripped and thereby lost the race.

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