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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.


Broader (hypernym)capital

Narrower (hyponym)pocketbook, wherewithal

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