there·​by t͟her-ˈbī How to pronounce thereby (audio)
: by that : by that means
thereby lost her chance to win
: connected with or with reference to that
thereby hangs a taleWilliam Shakespeare

Example Sentences

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of thereby was before the 12th century

Cite this Entry

“Thereby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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there·​by t͟ha(ə)r-ˈbī How to pronounce thereby (audio)
: by that : by that means
thereby lost her chance to win
: connected with or with reference to that
thereby hangs a tale

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