thereby

adverb there·by \ t͟her-ˈbī , ˈt͟her-ˌ \
Updated on: 25 Dec 2017

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

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

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First Known Use of thereby

before 12th century



THEREBY Defined for English Language Learners

thereby

adverb

Definition of thereby for English Language Learners

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


THEREBY Defined for Kids

thereby

adverb there·by \ t͟her-ˈbī \

Definition of thereby for Students

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


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