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means

noun uk   /miːnz/ (plural means) us  

means noun (METHOD)

B2 [C] a method or way of doing something: They had no means of communication. We need to find some other means of transportation. We must use every means at our disposal. She tried to explain by means of sign language. There is no means of tracing the debt at all. The family had no means of support (= way of getting money).Ways of achieving things

means noun (MONEY)

C2 [plural] money, for example from an income, that allows you to buy things: [+ to infinitive] He has the means to buy half the houses in the street if he wanted to.AccountingEarning money and money earnedGeneral words for amounts of moneyLarge amounts of moneySmall amounts of money live beyond your means to spend more money than you receive as incomeBudgeting and saving money live within your means to spend less money than you receive as incomePaying and spending money a man/woman of means a rich man/womanWealthy people
(Definition of means from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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