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English noun: way

1. way (attribute) how something is done or how it happens

SamplesHer 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.

Synonymsfashion, manner, mode, style

Broader (hypernym)property

Narrower (hyponym)artistic style, drape, fit, form, idiom, life style, life-style, lifestyle, modus vivendi, response, setup, signature, touch, wise

2. way (act) how a result is obtained or an end is achieved

SamplesA means of control.
An example is the best agency of instruction.
The true way to success.

Synonymsagency, means

Broader (hypernym)effectuation, implementation

Narrower (hyponym)desperate measure, dint, escape, expedient, fast track, instrument, open sesame, road, salvation, stepping stone, tool, tooth, voice, wings

3. way (location) a line leading to a place or point

SamplesHe looked the other direction.
Didn't know the way home.


Broader (hypernym)itinerary, path, route

Narrower (hyponym)aim, bearing, course, east-west direction, heading, north-south direction, qibla, tendency, trend, trend

4. way (state) the condition of things generally

SamplesThat's the way it is.
I felt the same way.

Broader (hypernym)condition, status

5. way (act) a course of conduct

SamplesThe path of virtue.
We went our separate ways.
Our paths in life led us apart.
Genius usually follows a revolutionary path.

Synonymspath, way of life

Broader (hypernym)course, course of action

Narrower (hyponym)ambages, hadith, primrose path, straight and narrow, strait and narrow, Sunna, Sunnah, warpath

6. way (artifact) any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another

SamplesHe said he was looking for the way out.

Broader (hypernym)artefact, artifact

Narrower (hyponym)access, approach, lane, passage, path, road, route, staircase, stairway, watercourse, waterway

Part holonymroadside, wayside

Part meronymtransit, transportation, transportation system

7. way (act) a journey or passage

SamplesThey are on the way.

Broader (hypernym)journey, journeying

8. way (quantity) space for movement

SamplesRoom to pass.
Make way for.
Hardly enough elbow room to turn around.

Synonymselbow room, room

Broader (hypernym)position, spatial relation

Narrower (hyponym)breathing room, breathing space, clearance, headroom, headway, houseroom, lebensraum, living space, parking, sea room, seating, seating area, seating room, seats, standing room

9. way (attribute) the property of distance in general

SamplesIt's a long way to Moscow.
He went a long ways.

Broader (hypernym)distance

Domain usagecolloquialism

10. way (cognition) doing as one pleases or chooses

SamplesIf I had my way.

Broader (hypernym)choice, pick, selection

11. way (cognition) a general category of things; used in the expression `in the way of'

SamplesThey didn't have much in the way of clothing.

Broader (hypernym)category

12. way (possession) a portion of something divided into shares

SamplesThey split the loot three ways.

Broader (hypernym)part, percentage, portion, share

English adverb: way

1. way to a great degree or by a great distance; very much (`right smart' is regional in the United States)

SamplesWay over budget.
Way off base.
The other side of the hill is right smart steeper than the side we are on.

Synonymsright smart

Domain usagecolloquialism

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