- 5Indicating location of a physical object beside a place or object: remains were discovered by the roadside the pram was by the dresserMore example sentencesSynonyms
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noun (plural byes)Back to top
- variant spelling of bye1.
by and by
- Before long; eventually.More example sentencesSynonymseventually, 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
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]More example sentencesSynonymslargely, 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; usually, typically, commonlyon 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; on average, in most cases, on balance, to all intents and purposes
by way of
- see way.
Old English bī, bi, be, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bij and German bei.