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thereby

[th air-bahy, th air-bahy] /ˌðɛərˈbaɪ, ˈðɛərˌbaɪ/
adverb
1.
by that; by means of that.
2.
in that connection or relation:
Thereby hangs a tale.
3.
by or near that place.
4.
Scot. about that number, quantity, or degree.
Origin of thereby
900
before 900; Middle English therby, Old English thǣrbī. See there, by1
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  • Winkleman said only what he had agreed to say; and thereby earned his finger.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • Let Old Eaton have his way, if thereby they might beguile him into paving theirs.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • But I preferred to let you have it, hoping, as I do, thereby to retain you as my friend down in your parts.

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  • He was now able to sell his wares and thereby maintain his family in comfort.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • thereby not worrying about any slip-ups with the local authorities.

    Arm of the Law Harry Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for thereby

thereby

/ˌðɛəˈbaɪ; ˈðɛəˌbaɪ/
adverb
1.
by that means; because of that
2.
(archaic) by or near that place; thereabouts
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Word Origin and History for thereby
adv.

Old English þærbig "by means of or because of that;" see there + by. Cf. German dabei, Dutch daarbij.

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