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Definition 1: thing or person that acts to produce a particular effect or achieve an end - [noun denoting act]

Samples where means or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a means of control
  • an example is the best agency of instruction
  • the true way to success

Synonyms for means in the sense of this definition

(means is a kind of ...) the act of implementing (providing a practical means for accomplishing something); carrying into effect

(... is a kind of means ) a means or agency by which something is expressed or communicated

"the voice of the law" "the Times is not the voice of New York" "conservatism has many voices"

(... is a kind of means ) a means of enforcement

"the treaty had no teeth in it"

(... is a kind of means ) a means of preserving from harm or unpleasantness

"tourism was their economic salvation" "they turned to individualism as their salvation"

(... is a kind of means ) any very successful means of achieving a result

(... is a kind of means ) desperate actions taken as a means to an end

"he had to resort to desperate measures"

(... is a kind of means ) a means to an end; not necessarily a principled or ethical one

(... is a kind of means ) any means of advancement

"the job was just a stepping stone on his way to fame and riches"

(... is a kind of means ) a way or means to achieve something

"the road to fame"

(... is a kind of means ) the means whereby some act is accomplished

"my greed was the instrument of my destruction" "science has given us new tools to fight disease"

(... is a kind of means ) a rapid means of achieving a goal

"they saw independence as the fast track to democracy" "he took a fast track to the top of the corporate ladder" "the company went off the fast track when the stock market dropped"

(... is a kind of means ) a means or way of escaping

"hard work was his escape from worry" "they installed a second hatch as an escape" "their escape route"

(... is a kind of means ) interchangeable with `means' in the expression `by means of'

(... is a kind of means ) a means of flight or ascent

"necessity lends wings to inspiration"

Definition 2: an instrumentality for accomplishing some end - [noun denoting artifact]

(means is a kind of ...) an artifact (or system of artifacts) that is instrumental in accomplishing some end

Definition 3: considerable capital (wealth or income) - [noun denoting possession]

Samples where means or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he is a man of means

Synonyms for means in the sense of this definition

(means is a kind of ...) wealth in the form of money or property owned by a person or business and human resources of economic value

(... is a kind of means ) your personal financial means

"that car is too expensive for my pocketbook"

(... is a kind of means ) the necessary means (especially financial means)

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