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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.


Synonymsdirection


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


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