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noun uk   us   /miːnz/ (plural means)

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 need to 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).
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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 to buy half the houses in the street if he wanted to.live 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
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