a means to an end

noun phrase

: something done only to produce a desired result
Computers have always been a means to an end for [George] Lucas: telling stories.David A. Kaplan

Examples of a means to an end in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Remember that wealth is not an end but a means to an end. Melissa Houston, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2024 Because millions of immigrants lacked status, policy discussions revolved around legalization; heightened security at the border was a means to an end. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, 17 Feb. 2024 The data should be a means to an end, though, not a source of validation in its own right. Samantha Kleinberg, STAT, 8 Jan. 2024 Her appearance in Mean Girls: The Musical was a means to an end tied to her biggest goals as an artist. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 15 Dec. 2023 Through the alignment of self-interest and social good, the pursuit of innovation, ethical considerations and the recognition of wealth as a means to an end, impact investing exemplifies a vision of a prosperous and socially responsible market economy. Praveen Vetrivel, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 Apartments, we’re told, were once a means to an end, to getting a larger home. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 11 Nov. 2023 Working as a journalist covering the police beat in the ‘80s and ‘90s, Michael Connelly believed his reporter’s job would be a means to an end in becoming a best-selling author one day. Demetrius Patterson, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Oct. 2023 Facts were not clues to a puzzle, a means to an end. Jonathan Malesic, New York Times, 22 Aug. 2023

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“A means to an end.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20means%20to%20an%20end. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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