way [way ways] noun, adverb BrE [weɪ] NAmE [weɪ] noun METHOD/STYLE
1. countable a method, style or manner of doing sth
. ~ to do sth That's not the right way to hold a pair of scissors.
. (informal, disapproving) That's no way to speak to your mother!
. ~ of doing sth I'm not happy with this way of working.
. ~ (that…) It's not what you say, it's the way that you say it.
. I hate the way she always criticizes me.
. I told you we should have done it my way.
. Infectious diseases can be acquired in several ways.
. I generally get what I want one way or another (= by some means).
2. countable a particular manner or style of behaviour
. They grinned at her in a friendly way.
. It was not his way to admit that he had made a mistake.
. Don't worry, if she seems quiet— it's just her way.
. He was showing off, as is the way with adolescent boys.
3. ways plural the typical way of behaving and living of a particular group of people
. After ten years I'm used to the strange British ways.
4. countable, usually singular ~ (from…) (to…) a route or road that you take in order to reach a place
. the best/quickest/shortest way from A to B
. Can you tell me the way to Leicester Square?
. We went the long way round.
5. countable, usually singular the route along which sb/sth is moving; the route that sb/sth would take if there was nothing stopping them/it
. Get out of my way! I'm in a hurry.
. Riot police with shields were blocking the demonstrators' way.
. We fought our way through the dense vegetation.
. Unfortunately they ran into a snowstorm along the way.
6. countable a road, path or street for travelling along
. There's a way across the fields.
see also freeway, highway, motorway, railway, waterway
7. Way used in the names of streets DIRECTION
8. countable, usually singular which, this, that, etc. ~ a particular direction; in a particular direction
. We just missed a car coming the other way.
. Look both ways (= look left and right) before crossing the road.
. Make sure that sign's the right way up.
. Kids were running this way and that (= in all directions).
. They decided to split the money four ways (= between four different people).
. (figurative) Which way (= for which party) are you going to vote?
see also each way, one-way, three-way, two-way
9. countable, usually singular a means of going into or leaving a place, such as a door or gate
. They escaped out the back way.
10. singular (also NAmE informal ways) a distance or period of time between two points
. A little way up on the left is the Museum of Modern Art.
. September was a long way off.
. (figurative) The area's wine industry still has a way to go to full maturity.
. You came all this way to see us?
. (NAmE, informal) We still have a ways to go.
11. singular (informal) an area, a part of a country, etc
. I think he lives somewhere over London way.
. I'll stop by and see you next time I'm down your way.
12. countable a particular aspect of sth
. I have changed in every way.
. It's been quite a day, one way and another (= for several reasons).
13. singular a particular condition or state
. The economy's in a bad way.
. I don't know how we're going to manage, the way things are.
more at change your ways at change v., claw your way back, into sth, out of sth, to sth, etc. at claw v., clear the way (for sth/for sth to happen) at clear v., be downhill all the way at downhill, take the easy way out at easy adj., see, realize, etc. the error of your ways at error, (be/get) in the family way at family n., feel your way at feel v., find your way (to…)find your/its way (to/into…) at find v., the hard way at hard adj., out of harm's way at harm n., have your head screwed on (the right way) at head n., know your way aroundnot know where/which way to look at know v., laugh all the way to the bank at laugh v., lie your way into/out of sth at lie v., by a long waygo back a long waygo a long wayhave come a long wayhave a long way to go at long adj., mend your ways at mend v., (find, etc.) a/the middle way at middle adj., open the way for sb/sth (to do sth) at open v., in the ordinary way at ordinary, a/the parting of the ways at parting n., pave the way (for sb/sth) at pave, pay its waypay your way at pay v., pick your way (across, along, among, over, through sth) at pick v., rub sb up the wrong way at rub v., go your separate ways at separate adj., in any (way,) shape or form at shape n., show the way at show v., smooth the path/way at smooth v., in your own sweet time/way at sweet adj., swing both ways at swing v., talk your way out of sth/of doing sth at talk v., be well on the way to sth/doing sth at well adv., where there's a will there's a way at will n., take sth the wrong way at wrong adj.
Old English weg, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch weg and German Weg, from a base meaning ‘move, carry’.
. A fallen tree blocked the way.
. Artists began to invent new ways of painting.
. Can I help you in any way?
. Can you tell me the way out of here?
. Could you please get those boxes out of my way?
. Do you remember? Or, put another way, do you know?
. Fate has a way of changing the best of plans.
. God works in mysterious ways.
. Grandma is so set in her ways.
. Have any interesting articles come your way recently?
. He couldn't find a way through the bracken.
. He edged his way along the wall.
. He had somehow wormed his way into her affections.
. He had to navigate his way through the city's one-way streets.
. He learned about the dangers of drugs the hard way.
. He looked my way, but didn't seem to recognize me.
. He then started spending money in a big way.
. He took the easy way out and paid someone to write the article for him.
. He wanted to go to college and would let nothing stand in his way.
. He was a handsome man in a sinister sort of way.
. He was attractive in his own way.
. He's always gone his own way when it comes to design.
. I chose a different way of collecting data.
. I watched the movie the whole way through.
. I went the opposite way.
. I would think of some clever way to get myself out of this situation.
. I'm going your way, so we can walk together.
. In a certain way, all of that is true.
. It's more interesting, in some ways, to watch what's going on behind the scenes here.
. It's quite a way from my house to the shops.
. Let's keep out of her way while she's in such a bad mood.
. Look both ways before crossing the road.
. Most people are creative in one way or another.
. Newspapers have ways and means of getting hold of secret information.
. On the way back, he invited me to his home for drinks.
. One way or another, I'm going to make it.
. She asked him the way to the station.
. She bluffed her way through the exam.
. She fought her way up to the top of the company.
. She is content with the way things are.
. She isn't known for her winning ways.
. She lost her way in the fog.
. She went out of her way to help them.
. Students develop those skills in myriad ways.
. The best way to open it is with pliers.
. The library is slightly out of my way.
. The most important way to stop accidental drownings is by education.
. The procession snaked its way through the town.
. The river wound its way through the valley.
. The study of genes has come a long way in recent years.
. The supermarket is a bit out of my way.
. The team got back to their winning ways with a 2–1 victory.
. The way across the fields is longer but pleasanter.
. The way things are going, I think that's achievable.
. The way through the woods is quicker.
. The withdrawal of troops should clear the way for a peace settlement.
. Then he went off on his merry way.
. There are a number of ways to overcome this problem.
. There is no subtle way to tell someone that you no longer want them.
. There were several rocks in the way.
. There's a huge storm heading this way.
. They believe he'll figure out a way to make it work.
. They have never contributed in any meaningful way to our civilization.
. They're alike in more ways than one.
. They're different in every way.
. They've explored every possible way of dealing with the problem.
. They've gone the wrong way.
. This bus doesn't go all the way so you'll have to change.
. This is a roundabout way of saying that nothing has been accomplished.
. This project seems to have lost its way.
. Try it the other way around.
. Way to go! I wish I could do that!
. We are searching for innovative and creative ways to solve the many problems facing us.
. We did it the old-fashioned way.
. We didn't stop on the way north.
. We expect computers to react a certain way, in certain situations.
. We had to go a long way before we found a place to eat.
. We parted ways once we went off to college.
. We picked our way carefully over the jagged rocks.
. We saw a dreadful accident along the way.
. We stopped for a drink on the way home.
. We walked along the covered way to the science building.
. We will eventually find a way out of the crisis.
. When we finished school, we all went our separate ways.
. Which way up does this box go?
. Your birthday is still some way off.
. Your father is unlikely to change his ways now.
. a cost-effective way to boost performance
. a sure-fire way to get him to do whatever I want
. a unique way of settling disputes
. the beliefs and practices of the Hindu way of life
. the easiest way from my house to yours
. the whole way to Arizona
. to look at ways of improving language teaching
. ‘Hi there,’ said Tom in a friendly way.
. A fallen tree was blocking their way.
. Get out of my way! I'm in a hurry!
. He certainly learned the hard way.
. He has a way of staring at you that is very unnerving.
. He narrowly avoided a car coming the other way.
. I didn't know the way and I had no map.
. I generally get what I want one way or another.
. I like the way (that) you did that.
. I prefer to do things the easy way.
. I stopped to ask the way.
. I think they must have gone the long way round.
. Infectious diseases can be passed on in several different ways.
. Is this the right way to the station?
. Is this the way in/out?
. She always said that the old ways were the best.
. She spoke in a way that put everyone at their ease.
. She was going my way, so we talked as we walked.
. She's behaving in a very mysterious way.
. That's not the way to hold a pair of scissors!
. The quickest way to the house is through the woods.
. There are several possible ways of dealing with this problem.
. They bought some supplies on the way.
. They had to fight their way through the crowd.
. They inched their way along the tunnel.
. They ran into a snowstorm along the way.
. They were asked to come up with ways of working more efficiently.
. This is the best way of keeping in touch with friends while you're away.
. Try to approach this in a sensible way.
. We should have done it my way!
. What way would you use?
. You won't impress the judges that way.
Idioms: across the way ▪ all the way ▪ always the way ▪ any way you slice it ▪ born made that way ▪ by the way ▪ by way of something ▪ by way of the way of something ▪ come your way ▪ cut two ways ▪ either way ▪ every which way ▪ get in the way of ▪ get out of the way of something ▪ get your own way ▪ give way ▪ give way to something ▪ go a long way towards doing something ▪ go all the way ▪ go out of your way ▪ go somebody's way ▪ go the way of all flesh ▪ go your own way ▪ have a way of doing something ▪ have a way with somebody ▪ have it both ways ▪ have it your own way ▪ have it your own way! ▪ have your way with somebody ▪ in a big way ▪ in a way ▪ in her/his/its way ▪ in more ways than one ▪ in one way ▪ in some ways ▪ in the way ▪ in the way of something ▪ keep out of somebody's way ▪ look the other way ▪ lose your way ▪ make way ▪ make your way ▪ my way of thinking ▪ my way or the highway ▪ no two ways about it ▪ no way ▪ on the way ▪ one way or the other ▪ other way round ▪ out of the way ▪ out of your way ▪ see which way the wind is blowing ▪ see your way to doing to do something ▪ set in your ways ▪ stand in somebody's way ▪ that's the way the cookie crumbles ▪ there's more than one way to skin a cat ▪ under way ▪ way back ▪ way into something ▪ way of life ▪ way of the world ▪ way to go! ▪ way to somebody's heart ▪ ways and means ▪ work your way through college/round the world ▪ work your way through something ▪ work your way up
1. (used with a preposition or an adverb) very far; by a large amount
. She finished the race way ahead of the other runners.
. I must be going home; it's way past my bedtime.
. The price is way above what we can afford.
. They live way out in the suburbs.
. This skirt is way (= a lot) too short.
. I guessed that there would be a hundred people there, but I was way out (= wrong by a large amount).
2. (used with an adjective) (informal, especially NAmE) very
. Things just got way difficult.
. I'm way glad to hear that.
Old English weg, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch weg and German Weg, from a base meaning ‘move, carry’.
See also: by the by ▪ over the way ▪ underway ▪ way in to something ▪ whole way