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 In cloud gaming, games are hosted on remote servers and rely on edge computing technologies for most of the processing, thereby cutting out the need for expensive consoles. Jonathan Kriegel, Forbes, 13 May 2022 But Omicron acquired the further advantage of being able to resist immune defenses against the variants that came before, thereby increasing the number of susceptible people in the population. Charles Schmidt, Scientific American, 4 Apr. 2022 The supply of Ether after the merge would also likely begin to decline, because fewer coins are expected to be issued post-merge, thereby increasing scarcity and price. Taylor Locke, Fortune, 28 Mar. 2022 These actions directly and significantly limited American energy production, reducing supply and thereby increasing prices. Bill Hagerty, National Review, 15 Mar. 2022 Johnson's government might seek to do this by suspending the provisions in the Protocol that keep Northern Ireland in the EU Customs Union and apply EU rules to goods, Barnard suggested, thereby undermining the entire Protocol. Laura Smith-spark, CNN, 13 Nov. 2021 But by strategically winning the votes of moderate conservatives and thereby undermining Republicans’ electoral goals, even if briefly, a new third party could stop the GOP from hurtling farther down an extreme and undemocratic path. Bernard Tamas, The Conversation, 22 June 2021 The theory of liability would be that your insurance company unreasonably declined an opportunity to settle your claim for your liability limit, thereby unnecessarily exposing you to an excess judgment. Steve Dimopoulos, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 The Fed stepped in with large-scale asset purchases from nonbanks, thereby creating new deposits—money—held by the public. John Greenwood, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 30 Jun. 2022.

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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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