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noun \ˈpath, ˈpäth\

Simple Definition of path

  • : a track that is made by people or animals walking over the ground

  • : a track that is specially made for people to walk or ride on

  • : the area in front of someone or something that is moving

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of path

plural paths play \ˈpathz, ˈpaths, ˈpäthz, ˈpäths\

  1. 1 :  a trodden way

  2. 2 :  a track specially constructed for a particular use

  3. 3 a :  course, route b :  a way of life, conduct, or thought

  4. 4 a :  the continuous series of positions or configurations that can be assumed in any motion or process of change by a moving or varying system b :  a sequence of arcs in a network that can be traced continuously without retracing any arc

  5. 5 :  pathway 2

Examples of path in a sentence

  1. We followed a winding path through the woods.

  2. The path led down the hill.

  3. The car skidded into the path of an oncoming truck.

  4. The fire destroyed everything in its path.

  5. The cars moved aside to clear a path for the ambulance.

  6. He tried to leave but one of the guards blocked his path.

  7. They are heading down a dangerous path that could lead to war.

Origin of path

Middle English, from Old English pæth; akin to Old High German pfad path

First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with path




Definition of path

Variants of path

or pathol


combining form

Definition of path-

  1. :  pathological state :  disease <pathogen>

Variants of path-

or patho-

Origin of path-

New Latin, from Greek, from pathos, literally, suffering — more at pathos


noun combining form

Definition of -path

  1. 1 :  practitioner of a (specified) system of medicine that emphasizes one aspect of disease or its treatment <naturopath>

  2. 2 [International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek -pathēs, adjective, suffering, from pathos] a :  one suffering from a disorder (of such a part or system) <psychopath> b :  one perceiving <telepath>

Origin of -path

German, back-formation from -pathie -pathy

PATH Defined for Kids


noun \ˈpath, ˈpäth\

Definition of path for Students

plural paths \ˈpathz, ˈpäthz\

  1. 1 :  a track made by traveling on foot <We followed a path through the woods.>

  2. 2 :  the way or track in which something moves or in which something will be encountered <“Push the log in the path of the saw!” — Lemony Snicket, The Miserable Mill>

  3. 3 :  a way of life or thought

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