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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One avenue is Children’s of Alabama, the primary beneficiary of the Regions Tradition, the first Champions Tour golf major championship to be hosted in Alabama. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al.com, "Regions has $7.6 billion economic impact on Alabama," 5 June 2019 Traffic is always tightly controlled along the avenue which passes between Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. NBC News, "As the world commemorates Tiananmen Square, China is silent," 4 June 2019 Obvious Solutions The first avenues of approach will be the ones that have the highest potential for success with the lowest potential for damage. Andrew Northshield, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Keys Out of a Locked Car," 19 Dec. 2018 But Democrats and some outside experts continued to raise concerns that the additional layer of review would bog down the law’s implementation and potentially open new avenues of confusion for businesses attempting to comply with the law. Alan Rappeport And Jim Tankersley, BostonGlobe.com, "Top Trump officials reach truce in fight over tax law’s implementation," 14 Apr. 2018 His attorney argued the tests could open new investigative avenues and possibly lead to new suspects. Everton Bailey Jr., OregonLive.com, "Judge denies Oregon death row inmate's request for new DNA testing in case," 12 Feb. 2018 Today, the Nobel Prize Committee has honored two researchers for their role in pioneering a new avenue for cancer treatment, one where the therapy targets the immune system, which then goes on to attack the cancer. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Treatments that cause the immune system to attack cancer earn a Nobel," 1 Oct. 2018 In a rare move, the U.S. government has approved the importation of marijuana extracts from Canada for a clinical trial, highlighting a new avenue for American researchers who have long had trouble obtaining the drug for medical studies. Julie Watson, The Seattle Times, "Lacking quality weed extract, US researchers turn to Canada," 18 Sep. 2018 The ruling effectively closes a major avenue for asylum seekers, one dominated since 2014 by women fleeing Central America. Katie Benner, New York Times, "Sessions Says Domestic and Gang Violence Are Not Grounds for Asylum," 11 June 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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