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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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Choose the Right Synonym for method

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 The old method at the time reported a 15 percent positivity rate. Cayla Harris,, "Updated COVID metric shows Texas outbreak on the decline since mid-July," 15 Sep. 2020 The most famous method of public key cryptography was called RSA—after its founders, Ron Rivest, Adi Shamir, and Leonard Adleman—which was first described by its authors to Scientific American in 1977. Benjamin Wofford, Wired, "A Texas County Clerk’s Bold Crusade to Transform How We Vote," 15 Sep. 2020 Despite the financing method’s raging popularity in 2020, SPACs are still trying to shed their historical association with fraud. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "TikTok finally sends a proposal to the U.S. government—with a twist," 14 Sep. 2020 Participants in the Wim Hof method, named after the Dutch athlete who started the practice, follow active, conscious breathing with immersion in ice water, reducing stress and inflammation in their bodies. Ana Connery, USA TODAY, "During the COVID-19 pandemic, some are trying breathwork classes to relieve anxiety," 13 Sep. 2020 Blanco’s ACL will be reconstructed using a graft — pulling a segment of tissue from either a cadaver, his kneecap tendon or his hamstring tendon, with the hamstring method the more popular choice. Colin Hoobler, oregonlive, "Portland Timbers' Sebastian Blanco faces tough rehab from knee injury," 11 Sep. 2020 But coronavirus vaccine distribution will be nationally coordinated, with a centralized distribution system that makes the push method more viable, says Dai, who works on influenza vaccine supply chains. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "Covid-19 vaccines could be distributed through churches, beauty salons, and poultry farms," 11 Sep. 2020 Palantir is choosing a novel way of going public, with only two other major technology firms using the method in recent years. Sonali Basak,, "Palantir Hires Citadel Securities for Direct Listing on NYSE," 10 Sep. 2020 The dot formation in the weekday slots borrows from the ultra-popular bullet journal method, but handles much of the work for you. Popular Science, "Desk calendars to organize your life," 10 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of method was in the 15th century

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18 Sep 2020

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“Method.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of method

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


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.


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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