by vs ’bye vs buy :

by or bye or buy

These are probably confused with each other more often through hastethan through actual ignorance, but “by” is the common preposition inphrases like “you should know by now.” It can also serve a numberof other functions, but the main point here is not to confuse “by” withthe other two spellings: “’bye” is an abbreviated form of “goodbye”(preferably with an apostrophe before it to indicate the missingsyllable), and “buy” is the verb meaning “purchase.” “Buy” can also be anoun, as in “that was a great buy.” The term for the position of a competitor who advances to the next level of a tournament without playing is a “bye.” All others are “by.”

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Definitions

  • r  so as to pass a given point
  • r  in reserve; not for immediate use
    put something by for her old age

  • n  an advantageous purchase
    the stock was a real buy at that price
  • v  obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction
    She buys for the big department store
  • v  make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence
  • v  be worth or be capable of buying
    This sum will buy you a ride on the train
  • v  acquire by trade or sacrifice or exchange
    She wanted to buy his love with her dedication to him and his work
  • v  accept as true
    I can't buy this story
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