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Definition 1: a course of conduct - [noun denoting act]

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

  • the path of virtue
  • we went our separate ways
  • our paths in life led us apart
  • genius usually follows a revolutionary path

Synonyms for way in the sense of this definition

(way is a kind of ...) a mode of action

"if you persist in that course you will surely fail" "once a nation is embarked on a course of action it becomes extremely difficult for any retraction to take place"

(... is a kind of way ) (archaic) roundabout or mysterious ways of action

(... is a kind of way ) a life of ease and pleasure

(... is a kind of way ) the way of proper and honest behavior

"he taught his children to keep strictly to the straight and narrow"

(... is a kind of way ) (Islam) the way of life prescribed as normative for Muslims on the basis of the teachings and practices of Muhammad and interpretations of the Koran

(... is a kind of way ) a course leading to warfare or battle

Definition 2: thing or person that acts to produce a particular effect or achieve an end - [noun denoting act]

Samples where way 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 way in the sense of this definition

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

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

"the treaty had no teeth in it"

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

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

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

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

"he had to resort to desperate measures"

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

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

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

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

"the road to fame"

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

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

"necessity lends wings to inspiration"

Definition 3: a journey or passage - [noun denoting act]

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

  • they are on the way

(way is a kind of ...) the act of traveling from one place to another

Definition 4: any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another - [noun denoting artifact]

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

  • he said he was looking for the way out

(way is a kind of ...) a man-made object taken as a whole

(... is a kind of way ) a conduit through which water flows

(... is a kind of way ) a way of access (upward and downward) consisting of a set of steps

(... is a kind of way ) an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation

(... is a kind of way ) a way especially designed for a particular use

(... is a kind of way ) a way through or along which someone or something may pass

(... is a kind of way ) a narrow way or road

(... is a kind of way ) a way of entering or leaving

"he took a wrong turn on the access to the bridge"

(way is a part of ...) edge of a way or road or path

"flowers along the wayside"

(... is part of way) a facility consisting of the means and equipment necessary for the movement of passengers or goods

Definition 5: how something is done or how it happens - [noun denoting attribute]

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

  • her dignified manner
  • his rapid manner of talking
  • their nomadic mode of existence
  • in the characteristic New York style
  • a lonely way of life
  • in an abrasive fashion

Synonyms for way in the sense of this definition

(way is a kind of ...) a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class

"a study of the physical properties of atomic particles"

(... is a kind of way ) a way of doing or being

"in no wise" "in this wise"

(... is a kind of way ) a distinguishing style

"this room needs a woman's touch"

(... is a kind of way ) the way something is organized or arranged

"it takes time to learn the setup around here"

(... is a kind of way ) a manner of living that reflects the person's values and attitudes

(... is a kind of way ) a particular mode in which something is manifested

"his resentment took the form of extreme hostility"

(... is a kind of way ) the manner in which something fits

"I admired the fit of her coat"

(... is a kind of way ) the manner in which fabric hangs or falls

"she adjusted the drape of her skirt"

(... is a kind of way ) the style of a particular artist or school or movement

"an imaginative orchestral idiom"

(... is a kind of way ) the manner in which an electrical or mechanical device responds to an input signal or a range of input signals

Definition 6: the property of distance in general - [noun denoting attribute]

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

  • it's a long way to Moscow
  • he went a long ways

(way is a kind of ...) the property created by the space between two objects or points

(way is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

Definition 7: doing as one pleases or chooses - [noun denoting cognition]

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

  • if I had my way

(way is a kind of ...) the person or thing chosen or selected

"he was my pick for mayor"

Definition 8: a general category of things; used in the expression `in the way of' - [noun denoting cognition]

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

  • they didn't have much in the way of clothing

(way is a kind of ...) a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme

Definition 9: a line leading to a place or point - [noun denoting location]

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

  • he looked the other direction
  • didn't know the way home

Synonyms for way in the sense of this definition

(way is a kind of ...) an established line of travel or access

(... is a kind of way ) the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies

(... is a kind of way ) general line of orientation

"the river takes a southern course" "the northeastern trend of the coast"

(... is a kind of way ) in a direction parallel with lines of latitude

(... is a kind of way ) in a direction parallel with lines of longitude

(... is a kind of way ) the direction of the Kaaba toward which Muslims turn for their daily prayers

(... is a kind of way ) a general direction in which something tends to move

"the shoreward tendency of the current" "the trend of the stock market"

Definition 10: a portion of something divided into shares - [noun denoting possession]

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

  • they split the loot three ways

(way is a kind of ...) assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group

"he wanted his share in cash"

Definition 11: space for movement - [noun denoting quantity]

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

  • room to pass
  • make way for
  • hardly enough elbow room to turn around

Synonyms for way in the sense of this definition

(way is a kind of ...) the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated

"the position of the hands on the clock" "he specified the spatial relations of every piece of furniture on the stage"

(... is a kind of way ) an area that includes places where several people can sit

"there is seating for 40 students in this classroom"

(... is a kind of way ) room for passengers or spectators to stand

"there was standing room for thousands more people"

(... is a kind of way ) sufficient room for easy breathing or movement

"moved to the country to find breathing room"

(... is a kind of way ) vertical space available to allow easy passage under something

(... is a kind of way ) space for accommodation in a house

"I wouldn't give that table houseroom"

(... is a kind of way ) space sought for occupation by a nation whose population is expanding

(... is a kind of way ) space in which vehicles can be parked

"there is plenty of parking behind the store"

(... is a kind of way ) space for maneuver at sea

Definition 12: the condition of things generally - [noun denoting state]

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

  • that's the way it is
  • I felt the same way

(way is a kind of ...) a state at a particular time

"a condition (or state) of disrepair" "the current status of the arms negotiations"

Definition 13: to a great degree or by a great distance; very much (`right smart' is regional in the United States) - [adverb denoting all]

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

  • way over budget
  • way off base
  • the other side of the hill is right smart steeper than the side we are on

Synonyms for way in the sense of this definition

(way is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

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