way - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    a method for doing something
    way (that):

    There are so many delicious ways you can prepare chicken.

    way of doing something:

    Is there any way of contacting you while you’re in Africa?

    way to do something:

    The students are learning new ways to communicate in writing.

    1. a.
      the manner or style in which something happens or is done
      way (that):

      I love to watch the way she plays with the children.

      no way to do something (=not the right thing to do):

      That’s no way to talk to your mother.

    2. b.
      someone’s individual manner of behaving or speaking
      someone’s way of doing something:

      Have you noticed her irritating way of interrupting when you talk?

      change your ways (=behave much better):

      Greg has really changed his ways since he went to prison.

      in someone’s own way (=a style of doing something that is not obvious to other people):

      In his own way he really is trying to help.

    3. c.
      what someone wants to do or how they want to behave
      get/have your way (=be allowed to have or do what you want):

      The government are unlikely to get their way on this issue.

      go your own way (=behave in an independent manner):

      His parents must realize that he will soon go his own way.

    See also easy, hard, will
  2. 2
    a particular aspect of something, or a particular attitude towards something

    It’s not right, whichever way you think about it.

    in more ways than one (=from many aspects):

    The evening was a great success, in more ways than one.

    in a way (=from one point of view):

    In a way, I agree with you.

    1. a.
      if you share or divide something several ways, you give parts of it to several people

      Let’s split the money three ways.

  3. 3
    the particular road, path, or track that you use to go from one place to another

    I don’t think this is the right way.

    way to:

    Is this the way to the Eiffel Tower?

    show/tell someone the way:

    Could you please show me the way to the temple?

    know the way:

    Does Tim know the way to your house from here?

    lose your way (=become lost while going to a place):

    The tourists lost their way and had to ask for directions.

    across the way (=on the other side of the street etc):

    There’s a petrol station just across the way.

    1. a.
      the direction in which something is standing or moving

      The bathroom is this way.

      Rachel just looked the other way.

      Look both ways before crossing the road.

      The car was going the wrong way.

    2. b.
      the journey or distance from one place to another

      There was still a little way to go.

      all the/this/that way:

      You came all this way just to see me?

      The children were arguing all the way home.

    3. c.
      a period of time

      A decision would still be a long way in the future.

    4. d.


      used in the name of streets

      on the corner of Garden Street and Admiral Way

    See also lead, right of way
  4. 4
    a method of going into or out of a place

    Tell them to leave by the back way.

    1. a.
      a method of making progress
      force your way into (=use force to get into a place):

      The crowd forced their way into the building.

      not stand/get in someone’s way (=not prevent someone from doing what they want):

      I won’t stand in your way if you’re really determined.

  5. 5
    the area or position in which a place is

    They live out Cambridge way.

    1. a.
      the space or area that a person is using at a particular time
      be/get in the way (=be in the same place as someone, making it difficult for them to do things):

      You’ll get in the way if you stay in the kitchen.

      be/get in someone’s way:

      Can I move the books? They’re in my way.

  6.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    the best way forward the best option or solutionSubmitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 13/11/2015
  7.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    you can't have it both ways you have to choose between two things but you cannot have or do them both

    If you want fancy service pay through your nose and go business class, if you fly economy then don't complain. You can't have it both ways.

    Submitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 25/11/2014