- 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 bed20. Naut. a ship's movement or momentum through water21. [pl.] Shipbuilding a timber framework on which a ship is built and along which it slides in launchingadv.Informal away; far; to a considerable extent or at some distance [way behind]——————by the way1. incidentally2. on or beside the way——————by way of1. passing through; through; via2. as a way, method, mode, or means of3. Chiefly Brit. in the condition or position of [by way of being a fine pianist]——————come someone's way1. to come within someone's scope or range; come to someone2. Informal to turn out successfully for someone: also go someone's way——————give way1. to withdraw; yield2. to break down; collapse——————give way to1. to step aside for; yield to2. to give free expression to [to give way to tears]——————☆ go all the way1. Informal to proceed or agree completely2. Slang to engage in sexual intercourse——————go out of the way or go out of one's wayto inconvenience oneself; do something that one would not ordinarily do, or that requires extra or deliberate effort or trouble——————in the wayin such a position or of such a nature as to obstruct, hinder, impede, or prevent——————lead the wayto be a guide or example——————make one's way1. to advance or proceed2. to advance in life or succeed, as by one's own efforts——————make way1. to make room; clear a passage2. to make progress——————on the way out1. becoming unfashionable, obsolescent, etc.2. dying——————out of the way1. in a position so as not to hinder or interfere2. disposed of3. not on the right or usual route or course4.a) improper; wrong; amissb) unusual; uncommon——————parting of the waysan ending of a relationship as because of a disagreement——————see one's way clear or see one's way1. to be willing (to do something)2. to find it convenient or possible: Also see one's way——————take one's wayOld Poet. to go on a journey; travel——————the wayaccording to the way that; as [with things the way they are]——————under way1. moving; advancing; making progress2. see UNDERWAY Naut.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.