1. by this, or the present, declaration, action, document, etc.; by means of this; as a result of this: I hereby resign as president of the class.
  2. Obsolete. nearby.


  1. (used in official statements, proclamations, etc) by means of or as a result of this
  2. archaic nearby

mid-13c., from here + by. Cf. Dutch hierbij, German hierbei.

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