way

way
way or go one's way [wā]
n.
[ME < OE weg, akin to Ger < IE base * weĝh-, to go > L vehere, to carry, ride, Gr ochos, wagon]
1. a means of passing from one place to another, as a road, highway, street or path [the Appian Way]
2. room or space for passing; free area; an opening, as in a crowd or traffic [clear a way for the ambulance]
3. a route or course that is or may be used to go from one place to another: often used in combination [highway, railway, one-way street]
4. a specified route or direction [on the way to town]
5. a path in life; course or habits of life or conduct [to fall into evil ways]
6.
a) a course of action; method or manner of doing something [do it this way]
b) a means to an end; method [a way to cut costs]
7. a usual or customary manner of living, acting, or being [the way of the world]
8. a characteristic manner of acting or doing [to learn the ways of other people]
9. manner or style [to have a pleasant way]
10. distance [a long way off]
11. direction of movement or action [go this way; look this way]
12. respect; point; particular; feature [to be right in some ways]
13. what one desires; wish; will [to have or get one's own way]
14. range or scope, as of experience [a method that never came in his way]
15. relationship as to those taking part: used in hyphenated compounds [a four-way conversation]
16. Informal a (specified) state or condition [to be in a bad way]
17. Informal a district; locality; area [out our way]
18. Law Now Rare RIGHT OF WAY (sense 2)
19. Mech. a surface or slide on which the carriage of a lathe, etc. moves along its bed
20. Naut. a ship's movement or momentum through water
21. [pl.] Shipbuilding a timber framework on which a ship is built and along which it slides in launching
adv.
Informal away; far; to a considerable extent or at some distance [way behind]
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by the way
1. incidentally
2. on or beside the way
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by way of
1. passing through; through; via
2. as a way, method, mode, or means of
3. Chiefly Brit. in the condition or position of [by way of being a fine pianist]
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come someone's way
1. to come within someone's scope or range; come to someone
2. Informal to turn out successfully for someone: also go someone's way
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give way
1. to withdraw; yield
2. to break down; collapse
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give way to
1. to step aside for; yield to
2. to give free expression to [to give way to tears]
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☆ go all the way
1. Informal to proceed or agree completely
2. Slang to engage in sexual intercourse
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go out of the way or go out of one's way
to inconvenience oneself; do something that one would not ordinarily do, or that requires extra or deliberate effort or trouble
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in the way
in such a position or of such a nature as to obstruct, hinder, impede, or prevent
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lead the way
to be a guide or example
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make one's way
1. to advance or proceed
2. to advance in life or succeed, as by one's own efforts
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make way
1. to make room; clear a passage
2. to make progress
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on the way out
1. becoming unfashionable, obsolescent, etc.
2. dying
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out of the way
1. in a position so as not to hinder or interfere
2. disposed of
3. not on the right or usual route or course
4.
a) improper; wrong; amiss
b) unusual; uncommon
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parting of the ways
an ending of a relationship as because of a disagreement
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see one's way clear or see one's way
1. to be willing (to do something)
2. to find it convenient or possible: Also see one's way
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take one's way
Old Poet. to go on a journey; travel
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the way
according to the way that; as [with things the way they are]
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under way
1. moving; advancing; making progress
2. see UNDERWAY Naut.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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