thereby

adverb
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.

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An influx of high-energy particles into the skewed field lines then releases the build-up of magnetic pressure, thereby righting the skew. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "When the Sun’s Magnetic Field Squashes the Earth’s Magnetic Field, Beautiful Things Happen," 14 Feb. 2019 What Hart didn’t do, however, was just say as much when people called him on it — thereby making the whole situation worse. Aja Romano, Vox, "Why the Kevin Hart Oscars backlash is different from other recent public shamings," 5 Jan. 2019 These phytonutrients protect against oxidative stress and chronic inflammation, thereby boosting immunity and helping reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Fact: Cabbage Packs the Same Nutritional Benefits as Kale," 7 Jan. 2019 America could thereby lead the way in developing the clean technologies of the future and solving the most pressing global challenge of our time. Ryan Costello, WSJ, "Lesson From 2018: Republicans Must Deal With Climate Change," 7 Jan. 2019 After that, the pulse could be squeezed again, packing more light into a tiny area of space, thereby dramatically increasing the pulse's intensity. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "2018 physics Nobel Prize honors 3, including first woman in 55 years," 2 Oct. 2018 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

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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

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of thereby

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

thereby

adverb
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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