Definition of by adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//baɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//baɪ//
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  1. 1  past 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. 2used to say that something is saved so that it can be used in the future I've put some money by for college fees.
  3. 3in order to visit somebody for a short time I'll come by this evening and pick up the books.
  4. Word OriginOld English , bi, be, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bij and German bei.Idioms (old-fashioned) before long; soon By and by she met an old man with a beard. used when you are saying something that is generally, but not completely, true By and large, I enjoyed my time at school. Language BankgenerallyWays of saying ‘in general’ Women generally earn less than men. Generally speaking, jobs traditionally done by women are paid at a lower rate than those traditionally done by men. In general/By and large, women do not earn as much as men. Certain jobs, like nursing and cleaning, are still mainly carried out by women. Senior management posts are predominantly held by men. Most senior management posts tend to be held by men. Women are, for the most part, still paid less than men. Economic and social factors are, to a large extent, responsible for women being concentrated in low-paid jobs.
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