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Definitions for thereby
ˌðɛərˈbaɪ, ˈðɛərˌbaɪthere·by

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. therebyadverb

    by that means or because of that

    "He knocked over the red wine, thereby ruining the table cloth"


  1. therebyadverb

    By that.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Therebyadverb

    By that; by means of that; in consequence of that.

    Etymology: there and by.

    Some parts of our liturgy consist in the reading of the word of God, and the proclaiming of his law, that the people may thereby learn what their duties are towards him. Richard Hooker.

    Therewith at last he forc’d him to untie
    One of his grasping feet, him to defend thereby. Fa. Qu.

    Being come to the height, they were thereby brought to an absolute necessity. John Davies, on Ireland.

    Dare to be true; nothing can need a lie,
    A fault, which needs it most, grows two thereby. George Herbert.

    If the paper be placed beyond the focus, and then the red colour at the lens be alternately intercepted and let pass, the violet on the paper will not suffer any change thereby. Newton.


  1. thereby

    "Thereby" is an adverb used to indicate the result or consequence of an action or event. It suggests that something happens as a result of something else, i.e., in direct consequence or by that means.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Therebyadverb

    by that; by that means; in consequence of that

  2. Therebyadverb

    annexed to that

  3. Therebyadverb

    thereabout; -- said of place, number, etc

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'thereby' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3559

  2. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'thereby' in Adverbs Frequency: #258

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of thereby in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of thereby in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of thereby in a Sentence

  1. Norbert Becker:

    I see an invisible hand which is interested in attacking Luxembourg and thereby weakening the president of the European Commission.

  2. Anoek Steketee:

    This is where we ask critical questions about the positive image portrayed and reveal what is not said on air, actors and audience have their say, thereby painting a picture of contemporary Rwanda.

  3. John Palabrica:

    It puts the grinders in a sticky situation as they will have to buy larger quantities from smaller firms, thereby increasing their risk.

  4. John Milton:

    If we think we regulate printing, thereby to rectfy manners, we must regulate all regulations and pastimes, all that is delightful to man.

  5. Richard Buckminster Fuller:

    By and large, I seem to have made more mistakes than any others of whom I know, but have learned thereby to make ever swifter acknowledgment of the errors and thereafter immediately set about to deal more effectively with the truths disclosed by the acknowledgment of erroneous assumptions.

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