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Meaning of “means” in the English Dictionary

"means" in British English

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uk   us   /miːnz/ (plural means)
  • means noun (METHOD)

B2 [C] a ​method or way of doing something: They had no means ofcommunication. We need to ​find some other means oftransportation. We need to use every means at ​ourdisposal. She ​tried to ​explain by means ofsignlanguage. There is no means oftracing the ​debt at all. The ​family had no means ofsupport (= way of getting ​money).

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  • means noun (MONEY)

C2 [plural] money, for ​example from an ​income, that ​allows you to ​buy things: [+ to infinitive] He has the means tobuyhalf the ​houses in the ​street if he ​wanted beyond your means to ​spend more ​money than you ​receive as ​incomelive within your means to ​spend less ​money than you ​receive as ​incomea man/woman of means a ​rich man/woman
(Definition of means from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"means" in American English

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meansplural noun

 us   /minz/
  • means plural noun (METHOD)

a ​method or way of doing something: They had no means of ​letting him ​know that the ​flight was ​ means of By means of is used to show the ​method used: Students are ​selected for scholarships by means of an ​open, ​nationalcompetition.
  • means plural noun (MONEY)

money or ​income that ​allows you to ​buy things or ​services: [+ to infinitive] They ​simply don’t have the means to ​sendtheirchildren to ​privateschools.of means A ​person of means is ​rich.
(Definition of means from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"means" in Business English

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uk   us   /miːnz/ (plural means)
[C ] a ​method or way of doing something: We must use every means at our ​disposal.means of sth We need to ​find some other means of ​transportation.means of doing sth There is no means of ​tracing the ​debt at all. They saw the ​redundancies as a means to an end.
[plural] money, for ​example from an ​income, that ​allows you to ​buy things: the means to do sth With over $160 million of ​cash and virtually no ​debt, the ​company has the means to ​expand.
beyond your means if you are ​living beyond your means, you are ​spending more ​money than you ​earn: Too many ​peoplelive beyond their means.
the means justify the end used to say that it does not matter if the ​methods used to ​achieve something are wrong, dishonest, etc. as ​long as you get the ​result you want : I'm sorry, but ​reducing the ​wages of the lowest-paid in ​order to ​savemoney is just not acceptable - the means don't justify the end.
by means of using something: The ​device is ​attached to the patient's ​arm by means of straps.
(Definition of means from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“means” in British English

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