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By meaning

by - 2 dictionary results

  1. 1. Near to; through; denoting agency or means.
  2. 2. Near; in passing; in presence of; away.

by - examples of usage

  1. By refers to the agent; through, to the means, cause, or condition; with, to the instrument. By commonly refers to persons; with, to things; through may refer to either. The road having become impassable through long disuse, a way was opened by pioneers with axes. By may, however, be applied to any object which is viewed as partaking of action and agency; as, the metal was corroded by the acid; skill is gained by practise. We speak of communicating with a person by letter. Through implies a more distant connection than by or with, and more intervening elements. Material objects are perceived by the mind through the senses.
  2. But may I ask- why have I not been told of this- what do you mean by it? - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  3. Well, I'm going to leave you to look for it by yourself. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
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