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adverb there·by \ther-ˈbī, ˈther-ˌ\

Definition of thereby

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

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

Examples of thereby in a sentence

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

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of thereby

before 12th century



THEREBY Defined for English Language Learners

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adverb there·by \ther-ˈbī, ˈther-ˌ\

Definition of thereby for English Language Learners

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


THEREBY Defined for Kids

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adverb there·by \ther-ˈbī\

Definition of thereby for Students

  1. :  by that He tripped and thereby lost the race.



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