path - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    a way from one place to another that people can walk along
    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. 2
    the direction that someone or something is moving in

    She ran into the path of an oncoming car.

    See also flight path
  3. 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
      path of:

      a return to his old path of theft and violence

  4. 4
    computing the set of letters or other symbols that is the full name of a computer file and shows which directory it is stored in