We drove by the house.
We put it by for later.
An example of by is a red house set adjacent to a green house.
An example of by is the author of a novel.
A son by my first husband.
Marching two by two.
We have put money by.
Stop by later today.
Stand by the wall.
He did well by his friends.
An example of by is how one describes the closeness of a church down the street.
An example of by is a bike passing a walker on the street.
The window by the door.
A lawyer by profession.
By 5:30 pm .
Swore by the Bible to tell the truth.
As years go by.
The car sped by.
Sleeping by day.
Was killed by a bullet.
The car raced by.
North by northwest.
Stop by on your way home.
There are many well-known plays by William Shakespeare.
I avoided the guards by moving only when they weren't looking.
I sorted the items by category.
Our stock is up by ten percent.
We went through the book page by page.
We crawled forward by inches.
He cheated by his own admission.
By Jove! I think she's got it!
By all that is holy, I'll put an end to this.
It is easy to invert a 2-by-2 matrix.
The room was about 4 foot by 6 foot.
The bricks used to build the wall measured 10 by 20 by 30 cm.
I watched as it passed by.
I'll stop by on my way home from work.
We're right near the lifeguard station. Come by before you leave.
The women spent much time after harvest putting jams by for winter and spring.
We came by the back road.
Stopped by the bakery; came by the house.
One by one they left. They were persuaded little by little.
Be back by ten o'clock!
We will send it by the first week of July.
The matter was decided by the chairman.
The boat was swamped by the water.
He was protected by his body armour.
- Without company; alone:Went by herself.
- Without help:Wrote the book by myself.
- after a short while; soon
- sooner or later; eventually
- on the whole; considering everything
- alone; solitary
Origin of by
- < by
From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition
- Middle English from Old English bī, be ambhi in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old English bī (“being near”).
- From a Norse language