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waynoun

 us   /weɪ/
  • way noun (ROUTE)

[C] a ​route or ​path to ​follow in ​order to get to a ​place: Do you ​know the way to the ​trainstation? [C] If you don’t ​knowyour way, can’t ​findyour way, or have ​lostyour way, you are not ​sure or do not ​know how to get where you ​want to go: I don’t really ​know my way around ​townyet. [C] Way also ​meansstreet: Our ​office is at 17 Harbor Way. [C] Way can ​mean the ​direction, ​position, or ​order of something: The ​numbers should be the other way around – 71, not 17. [C] Your way can also be the ​progress of ​yourlife: He made his way from ​salesassistant to ​head of ​sales.
  • way noun (DISTANCE)

[U] (also ways,  /weɪz/ ) distance, or a ​period of ​time: We ​walked just a ​short way before he got ​tired. When Mom called us for ​supper, we were still a ways from being ​finished.
  • way noun (MANNER)

[C] a ​particularmanner, ​characteristic, or ​fashion: I like the way ​yourhair is ​fixed. Jack and Beth ​feel the same way about ​animals. There is no way I can ​leave her. They don’t write ​songs the way they used to. [C] Your way is also the ​ability to do things in the ​manner you ​want: My little ​sister gets ​furious if she doesn’t get her way.

wayadverb [always + adv/prep; not gradable]

 us   /weɪ/ infml
(used for ​emphasis) ​far or ​long: That skirt’s way too much ​money. Come on now, Alexander, it’s way past ​yourbedtime. slang Way can also ​mean very: That ​car is way ​cool!
(Definition of way from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"way" in British English

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waynoun

uk   us   /weɪ/
  • way noun (ROUTE)

A2 [C] a ​route, ​direction, or ​path: Do you ​know the way to the ​restaurant? 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 ​petrol on the way to the ​airport. Can you findyour own way out of the ​building? He elbowed/​pushed his way (= ​hit/​pushedpeople so that he could go past them) to the ​front of the ​crowd. The ​busstopped for us to ​eatlunch but within ​half an ​hour we were onour way/under way (= ​travelling) again. There's no way through here - you'll have to go round. They ​flew from Los Angeles to Toronto by way of Chicago. Many ​people have losttheir way (= ​becomelost) in the ​forest. Only ​localpeople could findtheir way through the ​maze of ​narrowstreets.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 ​homesoon.B1 [C] used to ​talk about the ​direction in which something is ​facing: "Which way does the ​roomface?" "​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 ​olderpeople would be more ​offended than the ​youngpeople, but it was the other way round.the other way around B2 happening in the ​opposite way: I ​thought the ​olderpeople would be more ​offended than the ​youngpeople, but it was the other way around.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] a ​distance or a ​period of ​time: We ​walked a ​long way ​yesterday. The ​holidayseems like it's a ​long way off.figurative We ​managed to ​pull ourselves all the way from 12th ​place to first ​place.US They still have a ways to go.

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  • way noun (POSSIBILITY)

B1 [C or U] a ​particularchoice, ​opinion, ​belief, or ​action, ​especially from among several ​possibilities: I like the way you've done ​yourhair. In some/many ways it would be ​better if we ​met on ​Mondayrather than ​Wednesday. In a way (= ​partly), I would ​rather they didn't come because it will ​meanextrawork. 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 ​worry - 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 ​badlyhurt. To my way of ​thinking, they shouldn't be ​building so many ​roads. It's always the way at ​work - either I have 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 ​tryyour way.

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  • way noun (FREE SPACE)

C2 [S] the ​spaceneeded for a ​particularmovement or ​action: "Sorry, am I inyour way? I'll ​move." I couldn't ​see the ​stage because there was a ​pillar in the way (= between me and the ​stage). Make way for some new ​clothes by ​clearing out ​ones you never ​wear. You need to get out of the way of that ​car.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 ​wanthappens: 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 ​tempertantrum if she doesn't get her own way.

wayadverb

uk   us   /weɪ/
(Definition of way from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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