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  1. 1
    intended to be a particular thing, or to have a particular purpose

    ‘It’s a nice day’, she said, merely by way of conversation.

    He didn’t have much to offer by way of explanation.

  2. 2
    if you travel somewhere by way of a place, you go through that place on your journey

    They travelled through the mountains by way of an ancient walled city.

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a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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