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way

noun (ROUTE)    /weɪ/
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 .Routes and roads in general 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.General location and orientation 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.Urban and residential streets Grammar:In the way or on the way?Grammar:In the wayIf something or someone is in the way or in my/his/our way, it is in the space which someone needs for a particular movement or action:Grammar:On the wayWe use on the way or on my/his/our way (to) when we talk about the route, direction or path to somewhere:Grammar:WayWay is a noun and adverb.Grammar:Way as a nounAs a noun the most common meanings of way are ‘method or style’, ‘route, direction, road’ and ‘distance’:Grammar:Way as an adverbWe can use way informally as a degree adverb to mean ‘a lot’:Grammar:In the way, on the wayWe use in the way for things that are obstructing a path or stopping us from getting somewhere:
(Definition of way noun (ROUTE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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