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Meaning & Definition of Way in English

English

Way

/we/

noun

1. How something is done or how it happens

  • "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"
    synonym:
  • manner
  • ,
  • mode
  • ,
  • style
  • ,
  • way
  • ,
  • fashion

2. How a result is obtained or an end is achieved

  • "A means of control"
  • "An example is the best agency of instruction"
  • "The true way to success"
    synonym:
  • means
  • ,
  • agency
  • ,
  • way

3. A line leading to a place or point

  • "He looked the other direction"
  • "Didn't know the way home"
    synonym:
  • direction
  • ,
  • way

4. The condition of things generally

  • "That's the way it is"
  • "I felt the same way"
    synonym:
  • way

5. A course of conduct

  • "The path of virtue"
  • "We went our separate ways"
  • "Our paths in life led us apart"
  • "Genius usually follows a revolutionary path"
    synonym:
  • way
  • ,
  • path
  • ,
  • way of life

6. Any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another

  • "He said he was looking for the way out"
    synonym:
  • way

7. A journey or passage

  • "They are on the way"
    synonym:
  • way

8. Space for movement

  • "Room to pass"
  • "Make way for"
  • "Hardly enough elbow room to turn around"
    synonym:
  • room
  • ,
  • way
  • ,
  • elbow room

9. The property of distance in general

  • "It's a long way to moscow"
  • "He went a long ways"
    synonym:
  • way

10. Doing as one pleases or chooses

  • "If i had my way"
    synonym:
  • way

11. A general category of things

  • Used in the expression `in the way of'
  • "They didn't have much in the way of clothing"
    synonym:
  • way

12. A portion of something divided into shares

  • "They split the loot three ways"
    synonym:
  • way

adverb

1. To a great degree or by a great distance

  • Very much (`right smart' is regional in the united states)
  • "Way over budget"
  • "Way off base"
  • "The other side of the hill is right smart steeper than the side we are on"
    synonym:
  • way
  • ,
  • right smart

Examples of using

Why are you looking at me that way?
Don't talk to me that way.
Tom does everything in such a roundabout way.