means

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1) N-COUNT: with supp A means of doing something is a method, instrument, or process which can be used to do it. Means is both the singular and the plural form for this use.

The move is a means to fight crime...

The army had perfected the use of terror as a means of controlling the population...

Business managers are focused on increasing their personal wealth by any available means.

2) N-PLURAL You can refer to the money that someone has as their means. [FORMAL]

...a person of means...

He did not have the means to compensate her.

3) PHRASE: v PHR, v-link PHR If someone is living beyond their means, they are spending more money than they can afford. If someone is living within their means, they are not spending more money than they can afford.

The more gifts she received, the more she craved, until he was living beyond his means...

It is far better to pay off old debts steadily by living within your means.

4) PHR-PREP If you do something by means of a particular method, instrument, or process, you do it using that method, instrument, or process.

This is a two year course taught by means of lectures and seminars...

The trailer was connected to the car by means of a complicated system of hoses, pipes and rods.

5) CONVENTION (formulae) You can say `by all means' to tell someone that you are very willing to allow them to do something.

`Can I come and have a look at your house?' - `Yes by all means'.

6) PHRASE: PHR with cl/group, PHR before v (emphasis) You use expressions such as `by no means', `not by any means', and `by no manner of means' to emphasize that something is not true.

This is by no means out of the ordinary...

They were not finished, however, not by any means.

7) PHRASE: usu v-link PHR If you say that something is a means to an end, you mean that it helps you to achieve what you want, although it may not be enjoyable or important itself.

We seem to have lost sight of the fact that marketing is only a means to an end.


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  • means — 1. When the meaning is ‘financial resources’, means is treated as plural: Their means are somewhat limited. When the meaning is ‘a way or method’ it can operate as a singular noun (when preceded by a determiner such as a, any, or every) or as a… …   Modern English usage

  • means — [mēnz] pl.n. 〚/span> MEAN3, n.〛 1. [with sing. or pl. v.] that by which something is done or obtained; agency [the fastest means of travel] 2. resources or available wealth; often, specif., great wealth; riches [a person of …   Universalium

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  • means — [mēnz] pl.n. [< MEAN3, n.] 1. [with sing. or pl. v.] that by which something is done or obtained; agency [the fastest means of travel] 2. resources or available wealth; often, specif., great wealth; riches [a person of means] by all means 1 …   English World dictionary

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  • Means — may refer to: Means (surname) Definitions Mean (average), a term used in mathematics and statistics Means (ethics), something of instrumental value in order to achieve an end Means (law), an aspect of a crime needed to convince a jury of guilt in …   Wikipedia

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