American English

Definition of by adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1past Just drive by. Don't stop. He hurried by without speaking to me. Excuse me, I can't get by. Time goes by so quickly.
  2. 2in order to visit someone for a short time I'll come by this evening and pick up the books.
  3. Idioms
    by and by (old-fashioned)
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    before long; soon By and by she met an old man with a beard.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: by