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noun means pronunciation in British English /miːnz/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a method for doing or achieving something
    Information is not easily obtained by any other means.
    an effective means for finding qualified job applicants
    means of: What means of transport 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 students’ progress 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 charges 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.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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