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It Has 2 letters ( b y )         0 vowels ( )         2 consonants ( b y )         Word on the contrary yb

Which the in categoryENGLISH - ALTERNATIVE FORMS
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English - Alternative Forms

* bye (_archaic_ for preposition and adverb, not used for abbreviation, preferred for noun and interjection)

Which the in categoryENGLISH - ETYMOLOGY
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English - Etymology

Old English _bī_ (“being near”), from Proto-Germanic _*bi_ (“near, by, around, about”), from Proto-Germanic _*umbi_ (“around”), from Proto-Indo-European _*ambʰi_ (“around”).

Old English (being near), from Proto-Germanic *bi (near, by, around, about), from Proto-Germanic *umbi (around), from Proto-Indo-European *ambʰi (around).

Which the in categoryENGLISH - PRONUNCIATION
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English - Pronunciation

* (UK, US) IPA(key): /baɪ/ * Rhymes: -aɪ * Homophones: bi, bye, buy

Which the in categoryENGLISH - PREPOSITION
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English - Preposition

BY * Near or next to. _The mailbox is BY the bus stop._ * At some time before (the given time), or before the end of a given time interval. _Be back BY ten o'clock!  We will send it BY the first week of July._ * Indicates the actor in a clause with its verb in the passive voice: Through the action or presence of. _The matter was decided BY the chairman.  The boat was swamped BY the water.  He was protected BY his body armour._ * Indicates the creator of a work: Existing through the authorship etc. of. _There are many well-known plays BY William Shakespeare_ * Indicates the cause of a condition or event: Through the action of, caused by, responsibility for; by dint of. * 1874, Thomas Hardy, _Far from the Madding Crowd_, 2005 Barnes & Noble Classics publication of 1912 Wessex edition, p.109: In other directions the fields and sky were so much of one colour BY the snow that it was difficult in a hasty glance to tell whereabouts the horizon occurred […]. * Indicates a means: Involving/using the means of. _I avoided the guards BY moving only when they weren't looking._ * 1909, Archibald Marshall, _The Squire's Daughter_, chapterII: "I don't want to spoil any comparison you are going to make," said Jim, "but I was at Winchester and New College." ¶ "That will do," said Mackenzie. "I was dragged up at the workhouse school till I was twelve. Then I ran away and sold papers in the streets, and anything else that I could pick up a few coppers BY—except steal. […]" * Indicates a source of light: Medium emanating from hot sources. * 1945, Neva L. Boyd, _Handbook of Recreational Games_, 1975 Dover edition, ISBN 0486232042, p.16: Players: Can we get there BY candlelight? ¶ Gatekeepers: Yes and back again. * 1960, Dr. Seuss, _One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish_ BY the light of the moon, / BY the light of a star / they walked all night * ​Indicates an authority, rule, or permission followed. _I sorted the items BY category.  BY the power vested in me, I now pronounce you man and wife._ * Indicates the amount of some progression: With a change of. _Our stock is up BY ten percent._ * In the formulae _X by X_ and _by Xs_, indicates a steady progression, one _X_ after another. _We went through the book page BY page.  We crawled forward BY inches._ * Indicates a referenced source: According to. _He cheated BY his own admission._ * Indicates an oath: With the authority of. _BY Jove! I think she's got it!  BY all that is holy, I'll put an end to this._ * Used to separate dimensions when describing the size of something. _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._ DERIVED TERMS TRANSLATIONS

by

  1. Near or next to.
    The mailbox is by the bus stop.
  2. At some time before (the given time), or before the end of a given time interval.
    Be back by ten o'clock!  We will send it by the first week of July.
  3. Indicates the actor in a clause with its verb in the passive voice: Through the action or presence of.
    The matter was decided by the chairman.  The boat was swamped by the water.  He was protected by his body armour.
  4. Indicates the creator of a work: Existing through the authorship etc. of.
    There are many well-known plays by William Shakespeare
  5. Indicates the cause of a condition or event: Through the action of, caused by, responsibility for; by dint of.
  6. Indicates a means: Involving/using the means of.
    I avoided the guards by moving only when they weren't looking.
  7. Indicates a source of light: Medium emanating from hot sources.
  8. Indicates an authority, rule, or permission followed.
    I sorted the items by category.  By the power vested in me, I now pronounce you man and wife.
  9. Indicates the amount of some progression: With a change of.
    Our stock is up by ten percent.
  10. In the formulae X by X and by Xs, indicates a steady progression, one X after another.
    We went through the book page by page.  We crawled forward by inches.
  11. Indicates a referenced source: According to.
    He cheated by his own admission.
  12. Indicates an oath: With the authority of.
    By Jove! I think she's got it!  By all that is holy, I'll put an end to this.
  13. Used to separate dimensions when describing the size of something.
    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.

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Which the in categoryENGLISH - ADVERB
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English - Adverb

BY (_not comparable_) * Along a path which runs by the speaker. _I watched as it passed BY._ * In the vicinity, near. _There was a shepherd close BY._ _The shop is hard BY the High Street._ * Joseph Conrad, _Heart of Darkness_ [The helmsman] steered with no end of a swagger while you were BY; but if he lost sight of you, he became instantly the prey of an abject funk […] * To or at a place, as a residence or place of business. _I'll stop BY on my way home from work._ _We're right near the lifeguard station. Come BY before you leave._ * Aside, away. _The women spent much time after harvest putting jams BY for winter and spring._ DERIVED TERMS TRANSLATIONS

by (not comparable)

  1. Along a path which runs by the speaker.
    I watched as it passed by.
  2. In the vicinity, near.
    There was a shepherd close by.
    The shop is hard by the High Street.
  3. To or at a place, as a residence or place of business.
    I'll stop by on my way home from work.
    We're right near the lifeguard station. Come by before you leave.
  4. Aside, away.
    The women spent much time after harvest putting jams by for winter and spring.

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Which the in categoryENGLISH - ADJECTIVE
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English - Adjective

BY (_not comparable_) * Out of the way, subsidiary. ANTONYMS * main, principal DERIVED TERMS * bypass * byroad * bystander * byway

by (not comparable)

  1. Out of the way, subsidiary.

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Which the in categoryENGLISH - NOUN
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English - Noun

BY (_plural_ BYS) * (card games) A pass

by (plural bys)

  1. (card games) A pass

Which the in categoryENGLISH - INTERJECTION
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English - Interjection

BY * Alternative spelling of _bye_

by

  1. Alternative spelling of bye

Which the in categoryAFRIKAANS - ETYMOLOGY
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Afrikaans - Etymology

From Dutch _bij_.

From Dutch bij.

Which the in categoryAFRIKAANS - PREPOSITION
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Afrikaans - Preposition

BY * at * to * BY

by

  1. at
  2. to
  3. by

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Afrikaans - Noun

BY (_plural_ BYE) * bee

by (plural bye)

  1. bee

Which the in categoryDANISH - ETYMOLOGY
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Danish - Etymology

From Old Norse _býr_ (“settlement”). Related to the element -by in English place names, such as Whitby.

From Old Norse býr (settlement). Related to the element -by in English place names, such as Whitby.

Which the in categoryDANISH - PRONUNCIATION
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Danish - Pronunciation

* IPA(key): /byː/, [b̥yːˀ]

  • IPA(key): /byː/, [b̥yːˀ]

Which the in categoryDANISH - NOUN
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Danish - Noun

BY c (_singular definite_ BYEN, _plural indefinite_ BYER) * town, city RELATED TERMS INFLECTION

by c (singular definite byen, plural indefinite byer)

  1. town, city

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Which the in categoryLOJBAN - ALTERNATIVE FORMS
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Lojban - Alternative Forms

* by.

Which the in categoryLOJBAN - LETTER
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Lojban - Letter

BY (_selma'o_ BY) * Name of the letter b. USAGE NOTES * All letter names can be used as pronouns, usually referring to something denoted by a word beginning with that letter. _la alis cu lebna le bifpra e lei gluta gi'e co'a pilno BY_ Alice took up the fan and gloves and was using IT (i.e., the fan, _bifpra_) * When used to spell a word, precede the string of letters with _me'o_. * If a letter is followed by another letter or a number (including an imprecise or non-integral one such as _za'u_ or _pai_), and they do not make a single string of letters, separate them with _boi_.

by (selma'o by)

  1. Name of the letter b.

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Which the in categoryLOJBAN - SEE ALSO
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Lojban - See Also

* boi * tei * foi * bu

Which the in categoryLOWER SORBIAN - PRONUNCIATION
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Lower Sorbian - Pronunciation

* IPA(key): [bɨ]

  • IPA(key): [bɨ]

Which the in categoryLOWER SORBIAN - VERB
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Lower Sorbian - Verb

BY (_defective_, _invariable_) * would (used with the past active participle to form a conditional) _Njecynimy to, dokulaž BY jim škóźeło._ We don’t do that because it would hurt them. DERIVED TERMS * aby (“that...would”) * gaby (“if...would”) * gdyby (“if...would”) * njeby (“would not”) USAGE NOTES This verb may be omitted before the past active participles of _móc_ (“be able to”), _kśěś_ (“want to”), and _dejaś_ (“ought to”).

by (defective, invariable)

  1. would (used with the past active participle to form a conditional)
    Njecynimy to, dokulaž by jim škóźeło.
    We don’t do that because it would hurt them.

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Usage notes

This verb may be omitted before the past active participles of móc (be able to), kśěś (want to), and dejaś (ought to).

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Middle English - Verb

BY * be

by

  1. be

Which the in categoryNORWEGIAN BOKMÅL - PRONUNCIATION
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Norwegian Bokmål - Pronunciation

* IPA(key): /byː/, [byː]

  • IPA(key): /byː/, [byː]

Which the in categoryNORWEGIAN BOKMÅL - ETYMOLOGY 1
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Norwegian Bokmål - Etymology 1

From Old Norse _býr_ (“place (to camp or settle), land, property, lot; _and later_ settlement”). NOUN BY m (_definite singular_ BYEN, _indefinite plural_ BYER, _definite plural_ BYENE) * a town or city DERIVED TERMS * byfornyelse, byfornying * drabantby * landsby * storby

From Old Norse býr (place (to camp or settle), land, property, lot; and later settlement).

Noun

by m (definite singular byen, indefinite plural byer, definite plural byene)

  1. a town or city
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Which the in categoryNORWEGIAN BOKMÅL - ETYMOLOGY 2
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Norwegian Bokmål - Etymology 2

From _byde_, from Old Norse _bjóða_, from Proto-Germanic _*beudaną_ (“to offer”), from Proto-Indo-European _*bʰewdʰ-_ (“to wake, rise up”). VERB BY (_imperative_ BY, _present tense_ BYR, _simple past_ BØD _or_ BØY _or_ BYDDE, _past participle_ BUDT _or_ BYDD) * to bid; offer * to ask; invite * to command; order

From byde, from Old Norse bjóða, from Proto-Germanic *beudaną (to offer), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰewdʰ- (to wake, rise up).

Verb

by (imperative by, present tense byr, simple past bød or bøy or bydde, past participle budt or bydd)

  1. to bid; offer
  2. to ask; invite
  3. to command; order

Which the in categoryNORWEGIAN BOKMÅL - REFERENCES
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Norwegian Bokmål - References

* “by” in _The Bokmål Dictionary_.

Which the in categoryNORWEGIAN NYNORSK - ETYMOLOGY
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Norwegian Nynorsk - Etymology

From Old Norse _býr_ (“place (to camp or settle), land, property, lot; _and later_ settlement”).

From Old Norse býr (place (to camp or settle), land, property, lot; and later settlement).

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Norwegian Nynorsk - Noun

BY m (_definite singular_ BYEN, _indefinite plural_ BYAR, _definite plural_ BYANE) * a town or city DERIVED TERMS * byfornying * drabantby * landsby * storby

by m (definite singular byen, indefinite plural byar, definite plural byane)

  1. a town or city

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Which the in categoryNORWEGIAN NYNORSK - REFERENCES
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Norwegian Nynorsk - References

* “by” in _The Nynorsk Dictionary_.

Which the in categoryPOLISH - PRONUNCIATION
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Polish - Pronunciation

* IPA(key): [bɨ]

  • IPA(key): [bɨ]

Which the in categoryPOLISH - PARTICLE
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Polish - Particle

BY * (always before a verb) a particle used to make conditional mood; would, should _On BY tam nie poszedł._ = _On nie poszedłBY tam._ — He would not go there. SYNONYMS * -by (suffix)

by

  1. (always before a verb) a particle used to make conditional mood; would, should
    On by tam nie poszedł. = On nie poszedłby tam.He would not go there.

Synonyms

  • -by (suffix)

Which the in categoryPOLISH - CONJUNCTION
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Polish - Conjunction

BY * in order to, so that SYNONYMS * aby, żeby

by

  1. in order to, so that

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Which the in categoryPOLISH - EXTERNAL LINKS
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Polish - External Links

* “by” in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Which the in categorySWEDISH - ETYMOLOGY
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Swedish - Etymology

From Old Norse _býr_ (“place (to camp or settle), land, property, lot; _and later_ settlement”).

From Old Norse býr (place (to camp or settle), land, property, lot; and later settlement).

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Swedish - Noun

BY c * village * (obsolete) farm * gust, rush of wind DECLENSION RELATED TERMS * (village): * (breeze): * byig * bymoln * kastby * regnby * stormby

by c

  1. village
  2. (obsolete) farm
  3. gust, rush of wind

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(village):
(breeze):
  • byig
  • bymoln
  • kastby
  • regnby
  • stormby

Which the in categorySWEDISH - REFERENCES
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Swedish - References

* by in _Svenska Akademiens Ordlista_ över svenska språket (13th ed., online)

Which the in categoryWEST FRISIAN - PRONUNCIATION
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West Frisian - Pronunciation

* IPA(key): /bɛɪ/

  • IPA(key): /bɛɪ/

Which the in categoryWEST FRISIAN - PREPOSITION
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West Frisian - Preposition

BY * near to * in relation to _BY âlds_ In the olden days

by

  1. near to
  2. in relation to
    By âlds
    In the olden days


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