Definition of method
1 : a procedure or process for attaining an object: such asa (1) : a systematic procedure, technique, or mode of inquiry employed by or proper to a particular discipline or art (2) : a systematic plan followed in presenting material for instruction <the lecture method>b (1) : a way, technique, or process of or for doing something <often slow in their business methods — T. R. Ybarra> (2) : a body of skills or techniques <in the art of the novel, heavily armed with method — J. D. Scott>
2 : a discipline that deals with the principles and techniques of scientific inquiry
3a : orderly arrangement, development, or classification : plan <The book is completely lacking in method.>b : the habitual practice of orderliness and regularity <time enough to do everything if only you used method — Angela Thirkell>
4 capitalized : a dramatic technique by which an actor seeks to gain complete identification with the inner personality of the character being portrayed
Examples of method in a sentence
He claims to have developed a new method for growing tomatoes.
Their teaching method tries to adapt lessons to each student.
We need to adopt more modern methods of doing things.
Origin and Etymology of method
Middle English, prescribed treatment, from Latin methodus, from Greek methodos, from meta- + hodos way
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of method
METHOD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of method for English Language Learners
: a way of doing something
: a careful or organized plan that controls the way something is done
METHOD Defined for Kids
Definition of method for Students
1 : a certain way of doing something <She uses her own method of teaching.>
2 : careful arrangement <His work lacks method.>
Medical Definition of method
: a procedure or process for attaining an object: asa: a systematic procedure, technique, or mode of inquiry employed by or proper to a particular discipline—see scientific methodb: a way, technique, or process of or for doing something
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