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1  —as in:
Thus it was necessary.
Definition therefore (for that reason; or what follows is so because of what was just said)
  • Increase law enforcement reduced the supply of the drug and thus increased the cost, but the improvement was partially offset when the increased cost encouraged more supply.
thus = therefore (for that reason)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The price of gasoline increased fifty cents this year, thus costing the average driver an additional $250.
  • thus = therefore (for that reason)
  • He was now too weak even to hunt effectively and thus grew weaker still, sliding closer and closer toward starvation.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • thus = therefore (for that reason)
  • Jem said he would take me. Thus began our longest journey together.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • thus = therefore (for that reason)
  • ...then we have a margin of nearly two weeks. Thus, in order to be quite safe, we must leave here on 17th at latest.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • thus = therefore (for that reason)
  • And if the facts say otherwise then the facts must be altered. Thus history is continuously rewritten.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • thus = therefore (for that reason)
  • I'm one of the innocents who could have spoken up and out when no one would listen to the 'guilty,' but I did not speak and thus became guilty myself.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • thus = therefore (for that reason)
  • He had not got the conch and thus spoke against the rules; but nobody minded.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • thus = therefore (for that reason)
  • Only the language of civilized people may be spoken, thus no German.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • thus = therefore (for that reason)
  • The fortress served as a constant reminder of her years in exile and unjust banishment at the hands of her dear departed sister, and thus was a spur to her ruthless methods.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
thus = for that reason

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2  —as in:
betrayed her thus
Definition in the way mentioned or shown
  • She read my diary and mocked my most private thoughts in public. My worst fears realized thus, I avoided friends between classes.
thus = in that way
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Having betrayed her thus, he was not surprised when she broke up with him.
  • thus = in that way
  • But wisdom prevailed in the camp of the faithful and many lives were thus saved.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • thus = in that way
  • We are not our own masters. We are God's property. Is it not our happiness thus to view the matter?
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • thus = in that way
  • What devil art thou, that dost torment me thus?
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • thus = in that way
  • He is not the first that I have seen thus; but we grew up together and that always makes it a bit different.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • thus = in that way
  • He filled his bottle with river water, lit a candle for himself and one for Lina, and thus equipped, they left the boat behind and crept up the rocky shelf to the path.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • thus = in that way
  • Autumn passed thus.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • thus = in that way
  • Thus it is done.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • thus = in that way
  • Knowing well her part, she ascended a flight of wooden steps, and was thus displayed to the surrounding multitude, at about the height of a man's shoulders above the street.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
thus = in that way

Less commonly:
The expression, thus far means so far or up until now.
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