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English definition of “means”

means

noun (METHOD)    /miːnz/ (plural means)
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
(Definition of means noun (METHOD) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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