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noun means pronunciation in American English /minz/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a method for doing or achieving something

    Information is not easily obtained by any other means.

    means of:

    What means of transportation is she using?

    no means of doing something:

    We had no means of warning them.

    the means by which:

    Testing is still the usual means by which studentsprogress is measured.

  2. 2
    [plural] formal the amount of money or the property, income, etc. that someone has
    have the means (to do something):

    Small businesses don’t have the means to develop a sophisticated Internet presence.

    beyond/within your means (=too expensive or not too expensive for you):

    Many medical expenses are beyond the means of poorer families.

    according to someone’s means:

    You are invited to contribute according to your means.

    a man/woman of means (=with a lot of money):

    He had the well-dressed appearance of a man of means.



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