Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • prep. On account of; by reason of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • prep. On account of; by reason of; for sake of, for the purpose of; by dent of; on the force of; by way of

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • conj. by reason of, on account of.

Etymologies

Middle English bi cause of, by reason of : bi, by; see by1 + cause, reason; see cause + of, of; see of.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Iraq is still seething from the 2007 shooting by guards from the security firm then called Blackwater Worldwide, which left 17 people dead but could not be prosecuted by Iraq courts because of an immunity deal at the time.

    Sources: 10K U.S. troops on offer for Iraq

  • The home side, who were put into bat by Somerset, had no answer to Suppiah and the other two spinners, Murali Kartik and Max Waller, as they were dismissed for just 98 – their second-worst total in the tournament – in 17.4 overs of an 18-overs-a-side contest which was reduced because of rain.

    Glamorgan 98; Somerset 99-5 | Friends Life t20 match report

  • Betty Jean sought help from a well-respected community activist and friend, Ausur Afrika, because of his diligence in assisting with work against discrimination and unfair conditions in the community.

    The Autoimmune Epidemic

  • Thousands have followed in her foot-steps; millions have become better people because of her example.

    The Courage To Be Christian

  • I remembered Grace mostly because of one morning spent at Higgins Beach, not far from where I now sat with Jack Mercier.

    The Killing Kind

  • The story had merited more coverage than usual only because of Peltier's former connections to Jack Mercier.

    The Killing Kind

  • Cody first came to Doug Kerr during his last year of residency in 1999, seeking him out because of his reputation in cutting-edge TM research.

    The Autoimmune Epidemic

  • The disease is particularly troubling to autoimmune-disease researchers because of the rate at which it has been skyrocketing in children in recent years.

    The Autoimmune Epidemic

  • These include Orencia, a rheumatoid arthritis drug new to the market that researchers hope will help lupus patients; LymphoStat-B, which has had some success in reducing lupus disease activity; and CellCept, a drug in use for organ-transplant recipients, now being tested in lupus patients with severe kidney disease—but which also carries an increased risk of lymphoma because of the way it suppresses the entire immune system.

    The Autoimmune Epidemic

  • All of them were equipped with generation-three night-vision goggles that amplified the faintest starlight to make the terrain look as detailed as it was in the day, making the hike relatively easy when they could drive no more because of the terrain.

    The Ark

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