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Question 1 of 7
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Idioms for by

Origin of by

1
before 900; Middle English; Old English bī; cognate with Dutch bij,Old High German (German bei), Gothic bi.See be-

synonym study for by

11. By, through, with indicate agency or means of getting something done or accomplished. By is regularly used to denote the agent (person or force) in passive constructions: It is done by many; destroyed by fire. It also indicates means: Send it by airmail. With denotes the instrument (usually consciously) employed by an agent: He cut it with the scissors. Through designates particularly immediate agency or instrumentality or reason or motive: through outside aid; to yield through fear; wounded through carelessness.

Definition for by (2 of 3)

by2

or bye

[ bahy ]
/ baɪ /

interjection

goodbye: By now, come again sometime!

Origin of by

2
by shortening

Definition for by (3 of 3)

by-

a combining form of by1: by-product; bystander; byway.
Also bye-.
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British Dictionary definitions for by (1 of 3)

by1
/ (baɪ) /

preposition

adverb

noun plural byes

a variant spelling of bye 1

Word Origin for by

Old English bī; related to Gothic bi, Old High German , Sanskrit abhi to, towards

British Dictionary definitions for by (2 of 3)

by2

the internet domain name for

Belarus

British Dictionary definitions for by (3 of 3)

by-

bye-


prefix

nearbystander
secondary or incidentalby-effect; by-election; by-path; by-product

Word Origin for by-

from by
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