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
next to, beside, next door to, alongside, by/at the side of, abreast of, adjacent to, cheek by jowl with, side by side with;
near, close to, hard by, nearest to, neighbouring, adjoining, abutting, bordering, overlooking;
connected to, connecting with, contiguous with, attached to
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variant spelling of bye1.
- 1by 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
- 3by 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;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
- 5by way of
- see way.
1Alone: she lives in the apartment by herself
alone, all alone, on one's own, in a solitary state, singly, separately, solitarily, unaccompanied, companionless, partnerless, unattended, unescorted, unchaperoned, solo
informal by one's lonesome
British informal on one's tod, on one's lonesome, on one's jack, on one's Jack Jones
Old English bī, bi, be, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bij and German bei.
Words that rhyme with byally, Altai, apply, assai, awry, ay, aye, Baha'i, belie, bi, Bligh, buy, bye, bye-bye, chi, Chiangmai, Ciskei, comply, cry, Cy, Dai, defy, deny, Di, die, do-or-die, dry, Dubai, dye, espy, eye, fie, fly, forbye, fry, Frye, goodbye (US goodby), guy, hereby, hi, hie, high, I, imply, I-spy, July, kai, lie, lye, Mackay, misapply, my, nearby, nigh, Nye, outfly, passer-by, phi, pi, pie, ply, pry, psi, Qinghai, rai, rely, rocaille, rye, scry, serai, shanghai, shy, sigh, sky, Skye, sky-high, sly, spin-dry, spry, spy, sty, Sukhotai, supply, Tai, Thai, thereby, thigh, thy, tie, Transkei, try, tumble-dry, underlie, Versailles, Vi, vie, whereby, why, wry, Wye, xi, Xingtai, Yantai
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