method

noun
meth·​od | \ ˈme-thəd How to pronounce method (audio) \

Definition of method

1 : a procedure or process for attaining an object: such as
a(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

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method, mode, manner, way, fashion, system mean the means taken or procedure followed in achieving an end. method implies an orderly logical arrangement usually in steps. effective teaching methods mode implies an order or course followed by custom, tradition, or personal preference. the preferred mode of transportation manner is close to mode but may imply a procedure or method that is individual or distinctive. an odd manner of conducting way is very general and may be used for any of the preceding words. has her own way of doing things fashion may suggest a peculiar or characteristic way of doing something. rushing about in his typical fashion system suggests a fully developed or carefully formulated method often emphasizing rational orderliness. a filing system

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web In fact, the method of determining the contribution is not decided by actuaries at all but by the Retirement Board for the respective plans! Elizabeth Bauer, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2021 The ninth annual San Diego Adobe Home Tour, delayed more than a year by the pandemic, is back on the schedule for Oct. 17, much to the delight of ardent fans of the historic building method. San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Oct. 2021 NBC Bay Area first reported news of the test of the new repair method. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Oct. 2021 This is not to say that the method should become the land management strategy in all or even most scenarios. Lauren Markham, Wired, 9 Oct. 2021 All subscriptions through the New Yorker app are charged to the payment method on your Apple account. The New Yorker, 6 Oct. 2021 Despite its limitations, the method highlights how imaging and machine learning can transform imperceptible indicators into surveillance. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, 6 Oct. 2021 Warren employs a gentler version of the Socratic method used in law schools to make sure every member of her team has a chance to weigh in. Amanda Becker, USA TODAY, 4 Oct. 2021 Methane is the main component of natural gas, the leading method of powering the US electric grid and heat homes. Matt Egan, CNN, 3 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of method

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for method

Middle English, prescribed treatment, from Latin methodus, from Greek methodos, from meta- + hodos way

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“Method.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/method. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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method

noun

English Language Learners Definition of method

: a way of doing something
: a careful or organized plan that controls the way something is done

method

noun
meth·​od | \ ˈme-thəd How to pronounce method (audio) \

Kids Definition of method

1 : a certain way of doing something She uses her own method of teaching.
2 : careful arrangement His work lacks method.

method

noun
meth·​od | \ ˈmeth-əd How to pronounce method (audio) \

Medical Definition of method

: a procedure or process for attaining an object: as
a : a systematic procedure, technique, or mode of inquiry employed by or proper to a particular discipline — see scientific method
b : a way, technique, or process of or for doing something

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