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preposition - Close to; next to: the window by the door.

preposition - With the use or help of; through: We came by the back road.

preposition - Up to and beyond; past: We drove by the house.

preposition - At or to: stopped by the bakery; came by the house.

preposition - In the period of; during: sleeping by day.

preposition - Not later than: by 5:30 P.M.

preposition - In the amount of: letters by the thousands.

preposition - To the extent of: shorter by two inches.

preposition - According to: played by the rules.

preposition - With respect to: siblings by blood.

preposition - In the name of: swore by the Bible to tell the truth.

preposition - Through the agency or action of: was killed by a bullet.

preposition - Used to indicate a succession of specified individuals, groups, or quantities: One by one they left. They were persuaded little by little.

preposition - Used in multiplication and division: Multiply 4 by 6 to get 24.

preposition - Used with measurements: a room 12 by 18 feet.

preposition - Toward. Used to express direction with points of the compass: south by east.

adverb - On hand; nearby: Stand by.

adverb - Aside; away: We put it by for later.

adverb - Up to, alongside, and past: The car raced by.

adverb - At or to one's home or current location: Stop by later today.

adverb - Into the past: as years go by.

idiom - by oneself Without company; alone: went by herself.

idiom - by oneself Without help: wrote the book by myself.

noun - Variant of bye1.

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