a means to an end

Definition of a means to an end

:something done only to produce a desired result
  • For her, marrying a rich man was just a means to an end. All she really cared about was money.

Word by Word Definitions

mean play means
  1. : to have in the mind as a purpose : intend

  2. : to design for or destine to a specified purpose or future

  3. : to serve or intend to convey, show, or indicate : signify

  1. : lacking distinction or eminence : humble

  2. : lacking in mental discrimination : dull

  3. : of poor, shabby, or inferior quality or status

  1. : occupying a middle position : intermediate in space, order, time, kind, or degree

  2. : occupying a position about midway between extremes

  3. : serving as a means : intermediary

  1. : something intervening or intermediate

  2. : a middle point between extremes

  3. : a value that lies within a range of values and is computed according to a prescribed law: such as

end play
  1. : the part of an area that lies at the boundary

  2. : a point that marks the extent of something

  3. : the point where something ceases to exist

  1. : to bring to an end

  2. : destroy

  3. : to make up the end of

  1. : final, ultimate

  1. : to put (grain or hay) into a barn or stack

  1. : within : inside — compare ect-, exo-

  2. : taking in


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