avenue

noun
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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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 And such a service could give Facebook a whole new avenue for growing its advertising business, said Ali Mogharabi, an analyst with Morningstar Investment Service. Gerrit De Vynck And Sarah Frier, San Antonio Express-News, "Facebook plans a dating feature, sending Match, IAC plunging," 1 May 2018 Others are trying to soften the blow by creating avenues for non-union workers to fund labor advocacy. Josh Eidelson, Bloomberg.com, "The Supreme Court Case That Could Devastate Unions," 22 Feb. 2018 The Fox takeover helps Disney tighten its control over TV shows and movies from start to finish — from creating the programs to distributing them though television channels, movie theaters, streaming services and other avenues. Michael Liedtke, The Seattle Times, "Disney unveils new streaming service to debut late this year," 14 Apr. 2019 Sensory deprivation Blindfolds are one easy way to explore this avenue. Kate Sloan, Glamour, "25 Sex Fantasies Women Have That Are Totally Normal," 6 Apr. 2019 Regarding the other social media platforms—Instagram and Facebook—only resort to these avenues if the person is not on LinkedIn or seems inactive there. Liz Bentley, Marie Claire, "My Boss Follows Me on Instagram — What Do I Do?," 1 Apr. 2019

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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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avenue

noun

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

avenue

noun
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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