av·​e·​nue | \ ˈa-və-ˌnü How to pronounce avenue (audio) , -ˌnyü\

Definition of avenue

1 : a way of access : route
2 : a channel for pursuing a desired object avenues of communication
3a chiefly British : the principal walk or driveway to a house situated off a main road
b : a broad passageway bordered by trees
4 : an often broad street or road

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Examples of avenue in a Sentence

We drove down the avenue. We plan to pursue all available avenues to get our message to the public. They have closed off that avenue of discussion. a new avenue of research
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Buying the right gift card for the cord cutter in your life can be a tricky task, since there are so many avenues for watching television without the need for a cable box. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Still need to buy a gift? Here are some last minute digital essentials," 21 Dec. 2018 Battery-electric and fuel cell buses are two potential avenues for investment, CARB noted. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "California transit agencies have 21 years to build zero-emissions bus fleets," 16 Dec. 2018 This attitude can stem from the belief that there are limited avenues for women to advance in an organization. Joann S. Lublin, WSJ, "Undermined at the Office? How Women Can Cope With Mistreatment From Female Colleagues," 22 Aug. 2018 Changes include noting that the United States was founded on Judeo-Christian principles and emphasizing families and the private sector are the best avenues to provide early childhood education. Melissa Davlin, idahostatesman, "Republicans navigate intersection of traditional values, societal change and young voices," 30 June 2018 There were so many avenues for them to get distracted. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "How Mississippi State Baseball Turned a Season That Began in Humiliation Into a Trip to Omaha," 15 June 2018 If that happens, there are still other avenues through which lawmakers and citizens can fight the repeal process. Aja Romano, Vox, "Net neutrality is officially repealed. Here’s what happens next.," 11 June 2018 If the bill is rejected, there won't be many avenues to getting a new budget in the current special session. Julia O'donoghue, NOLA.com, "Louisiana House OKs tax bills after a two-year stalemate," 28 May 2018 While states like Michigan and New Jersey have proposed allowing existing casinos to take bets on sporting events, there likely will be other avenues for sports gamblers. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Gambling and the NFL? 'This isn't your grandfather's world of gaming'," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of avenue

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for avenue

Middle French, from feminine of avenu, past participle of avenir to come to, from Latin advenire — more at adventure

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The first known use of avenue was in 1600

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English Language Learners Definition of avenue

: a wide street
chiefly British : a path or driveway that leads to a house located off a main road
: a way of achieving something or of reaching a goal


av·​e·​nue | \ ˈa-və-ˌnü How to pronounce avenue (audio) , -ˌnyü\

Kids Definition of avenue

1 : a wide street
2 : a way of reaching a goal She saw the job as an avenue to success.

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