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noun uk   /weɪ/ us  

way noun (ROUTE)

A2 [C] a route, direction, or path: Do you know the way to the train station? I've only been living in Madrid for a couple of weeks so I don't really know my way around it yet. We'll have to stop for fuel on the way to the airport. Can you find your own way out of the building? It's getting late - we should make our way (= go) home soon. He elbowed/pushed his way (= hit/pushed people so that he could go past them) to the front of the crowd. The coach stopped for us to eat lunch but within half an hour we were on our way/under way (= travelling) again. There's no way through the centre of town in a vehicle - it's for pedestrians only. You'll have to go by way of (= travel through) Copenhagen if you want to go to Southern Sweden from here. Many people have lost their way (= become lost) in the forest. Only local people could find their way through the maze of narrow streets.make your way B2 to travel or move to a place: We slowly made our way down the river. It's getting late - we should make our way home soon.B1 [C] used to talk about the direction in which something is facing: "Which way does the room face?" "North." Which way up should this box be? (= Which side should be on top?) The numbers are the wrong way round - it should be 71, not 17.the other way round/around B2 happening in the opposite way: I thought the older people would be more offended than the young people, but it was the other way round.Way used in the names of some roads: Our offices are at 17 King's Way.
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way noun (DISTANCE)

B1 [S] ( US also ways) distance or a period of time: We walked a long way yesterday. The holiday seems like it's a long way off. figurative There were people of every political belief at university, ranging all the way from communists to fascists. US They still have a ways to go.
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way noun (POSSIBILITY)

B1 [C or U] a particular choice, opinion, belief, or action, especially from among several possibilities: I like the way you've had your hair done. In some/many ways it would be better if we met on Monday rather than Wednesday. In a way (= partly), I would prefer it if they didn't come because it would mean extra work. He might have to resign or he might be demoted, but either way, his career is effectively over. They don't write songs the way (= as) they used to.
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way noun (MANNER)

C1 [S] the manner in which someone behaves or thinks, or in which something happens: Don't be alarmed - it's just his way. He looked at me in a sinister way. It's amazing the way she manages to stay so calm. The way he was shouting, you'd have thought he was badly hurt. To my way of thinking, they shouldn't be building so many roads. It's always the way at work - either I've got nothing to do or I'm rushed off my feet!ways [plural] types of behaviour: Over the years we've got used to his funny little ways.
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way noun (METHOD)

A2 [C] an action that can produce the result you want; a method: There are many ways of solving the problem. [+ to infinitive] That's not the way to do it - let me show you. That method hasn't worked, so let's try your way.
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way noun (FREE SPACE)

C2 [S] the space needed for a particular movement or action: "Sorry, am I in your way? I'll move." I couldn't see the stage because there was a pillar in the way (= between me and the stage). Please make way so the ambulance can get by. The best thing you can do if you're near to a tornado is get out of its way. figurative She's determined to succeed and she won't let anything get/stand in her way (= prevent her).
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way noun (WANT)

C1 [S] informal If someone gets or has their way, what they want happens: If she doesn't get/have her (own) way, she sulks like a four-year-old.
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  • He's such a child if he doesn't get his own way.
  • My little brother always gets his own way.
  • He's a schemer who always finds a way of getting his own way.
  • Those children are always getting their own way.
  • She has a temper tantrum if she doesn't get her own way.

way noun (CONDITION)

[S] the bad condition or state of someone or something, especially the state of a person's health: He's been in a bad way (= very ill) ever since the operation.


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