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Definition of thus 

1 : in this or that manner or way described it thus

2 : to this degree or extent : so thus far

3 : because of this or that : hence, consequently

4 : as an example

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Examples of thus in a Sentence

The judge expressed it thus: “Our obligation is to discover the truth.” This detergent is highly concentrated and thus you will need to dilute it.

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The fate of Russell Crowe’s jockstrap, however, is thus far uncertain. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Not Even John Oliver Could Save Two of the Last Remaining Blockbusters in the U.S.," 13 July 2018 Anti-Catholicism thus made Klansfolk into ardent supporters of public education. Longreads, "Oregon’s Racist Past," 12 July 2018 The trenches resembled a litter of suckling piglets, and thus a nickname was born: pig iron. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 Higher ups lay the groundwork for company culture and policies, thus making their role in diversity training exercises all the more important. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "Starbucks Is Closing All Its U.S. Stores for Diversity Training Day. Experts Say That’s Not Enough," 28 May 2018 NeverAgainCA has targeted show patriarch Bob Templeton and his son, Jeff, saying that the pair have gun violations on their criminal records and thus their event should be barred from the fairgrounds. Paul Sisson,, "Crossroads gun show returns to Del Mar, so do protesters," 15 July 2018 Conley countersues Puscian When faced with a pending lawsuit, many celebrities try to settle with an accuser before any claims appear in a court document and thus in a public record. Michael Mccann,, "Could Gareon Conley Legally Prove That Rape Allegation Caused Draft Slide, Financial Harm?," 12 July 2018 These top players all gain automatic entry to Wimbledon, and their performances at Wimbledon affect their global rankings, and thus their abilities to play in future tournaments. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Everything You Need to Know About Wimbledon 2018—Including How to Watch," 21 June 2018 Yet — or perhaps thus — such venues are also ideal theaters for protest. Devra First,, "After what they did, don’t let Kirstjen Nielsen and her colleagues eat in peace," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of thus

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

History and Etymology for thus

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old Saxon thus thus

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English Language Learners Definition of thus

: in this way or manner : like this

: by so doing

: because of this


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Kids Definition of thus

1 : in this or that way It was thus that … some of the villagers spoke of Min …— Linda Sue Park, A Single Shard

2 : to this degree or extent : so It's a mild winter thus far.

3 : because of this or that : therefore He worked hard and thus succeeded.

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