Definition of by in English:
1.1After a passive verb: the door was opened by my cousin Annie damage caused by fire
5Indicating location of a physical object beside a place or object: remains were discovered by the roadside the pram was by the dresser
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noun (plural byes)Back to top
variant spelling of bye1.
by and by
- Before long; eventually.Synonymseventually, ultimately, finally, in the end, as time goes on/by, one day, some day, sooner or later, in time, in a while, after a bit, in the long run, in the fullness of time, at a later time, at a later date, at length, at a future time/date, at some point in the future, in the future, in time to come, in due course
- Incidentally: where’s Hector, by the by?
by and large
- On the whole; everything considered: mammals have, by and large, bigger brains than reptiles[originally in nautical use, describing the handling of a ship both to the wind and off it]Synonymslargely, mostly, mainly, to a large extent, to a great extent, to a great degree, on the whole, chiefly, generally, in general, predominantly, substantially, primarily, overall, for the most part, in the main, principally, in great measure, preponderantly, first and foremost, for all intents and purposes, basically;on the whole, generally, in general, altogether, all things considered, all in all, taking everything into consideration, for the most part, in the main, as a rule, overall, usually, normally, ordinarily, almost always, customarily, habitually, typically, mainly, mostly, basically, chiefly, predominantly, principally, substantially;
by way of
- see way.
1Alone: she lives in the apartment by herself