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parts of speech:
preposition, adverb
by and by, by and large
Homophone Note
part of speech: preposition
definition 1: next to; near.
The trees by the path are over a hundred years old.
definition 2: through the means of; on.
We travel by train.
definition 3: beyond; past.
The bus went by the station without stopping.
definition 4: made or created through the work of.
Our class read a play by Shaw.
definition 5: at or before a certain time.
Get here by tomorrow.
definition 6: through the action of.
He was hit by a car.
definition 7: in agreement with; according to.
Play by the rules.
definition 8: during.
We will work by day.
part of speech: adverb
definition 1: on hand; nearby.
There is a hospital close by.
definition 2: past.
A train sped by.
phrase: by and by, by and large
Homophone Note
Are you looking for the word buy (to purchase)? By and buy sound alike but have different meanings.