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noun [countable] path pronunciation in British English /pɑːθ/ 
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  1. 1
    a way from one place to another that people can walk along

    a steep mountain path

    path through:

    A short path through the woods leads to the village.

    up/down/along a path:

    Amy walked up the path to the house.

    1. a.
      a way from one place to another passing through a lot of people or around a lot of objects

      The crowd edged back to make a path for her.

      When he tried to step forward his path was blocked by two guards.

      path through:

      Police tried to clear a path through the rush hour traffic.

  2. 3
    the way that someone takes to achieve something
    path to:

    The company is on the path to prosperity.

    career path:

    He decided to embark on a new career path.

    1. a.
      the way that someone's life develops

      Our lives subsequently followed separate paths.

      path of:

      a return to his old path of theft and violence


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