there·​by | \ t͟her-ˈbī How to pronounce thereby (audio) , 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The majority of speakers at the in-person public hearing opposed the plan to divides the county into 11 districts with two representatives per district, thereby eliminating four county board seats. Michelle Mullins,, 5 Oct. 2021 Last Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer asked the Senate to agree to allow a simple majority to vote to raise the debt limit, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell objected, thereby blocking the vote from taking place. Sarah Ewall-wice, CBS News, 4 Oct. 2021 As a work-around, Salvadorians send the Bitcoin to a relative, who’ll then send it back, thereby lifting the block. Time, 2 Oct. 2021 Power companies in Europe and Asia are engaged in bidding wars over shiploads of liquid natural gas, thereby driving up the cost. Cathy Bussewitz, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Oct. 2021 The story dates to the late 1970s at a time when sperm banks would not cater to lesbian couples who were looking to start their own families, thereby eliminating the possibility of having an anonymous donor. NBC News, 1 Oct. 2021 The nation is saved when an average joe, miraculously resuscitated from the distant past, reintroduces clean water to the crops, thereby saving the nation. Jeffrey Sachs, CNN, 20 July 2021 In order to obtain his testimony the then-DA agreed that there would be no criminal charges brought thereby forcing Cosby to testify since there was no criminal jeopardy resulting from it. Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2021 In the aftermath, the Clippers celebrated the efficacy of their strategy to throw hard, trapping double-teams at Mitchell, thereby forcing him to either work harder to score, or to leave it in the hands of his teammates. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 June 2021

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First Known Use of thereby

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

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“Thereby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of thereby

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


there·​by | \ t͟her-ˈbī How to pronounce thereby (audio) \

Kids Definition of thereby

: by that He tripped and thereby lost the race.

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