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English noun: means

1. means (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, way


Broader (hypernym)effectuation, implementation


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

2. means (artifact) an instrumentality for accomplishing some end


Broader (hypernym)instrumentality, instrumentation

3. means (possession) considerable capital (wealth or income)


SamplesHe is a man of means.


Synonymssubstance


Broader (hypernym)capital


Narrower (hyponym)pocketbook, wherewithal









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