\ ˈvī-ə, ˈvē-ə \

Definition of via 

1 : by way of
2 : through the medium or agency of also : by means of

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Synonyms for via


by, through

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Examples of via in a Sentence

She flew to Los Angeles via Chicago. I'll let her know via one of our friends. He did some research via computer. We went home via a shortcut.
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Friends of Paul Whelan contacted via the Russian social media site VKontakte described the American as polite, educated and easygoing. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, "U.S. Pushes for Answers on Russia’s Detention of American for Alleged Spying," 2 Jan. 2019 Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images President Donald Trump is using the government shutdown to try to force Democrats to fund his Mexican border wall. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Why the government shutdown is good legal news for Trump," 27 Dec. 2018 Several attempts to reach him via air traffic control went unanswered, the Australian newspaper reported. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "A Sleeping Pilot Accidentally Flew 29 Miles Past Intended Destination," 27 Nov. 2018 Earlier this week, Selena made her debut back on social media via her friend's Instagram page where she was seen tubing and having a great time. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez's Outfit Is Basically a Blanket, and Honestly, I Felt That," 21 Dec. 2018 Unfortunately, theorists suggested that the same evidence might be obtained via the collisional process that creates the fluid in the first place. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Quark-gluon plasma reveals viscosity-free properties," 19 Dec. 2018 This was usually a laborious journey via the Panama Canal, taking at least 18 days. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Super Guppy Is Such a Badass Plane," 17 Dec. 2018 Some users are adventurous, and seek to be the first to use new Windows 10 features via Microsoft’s Windows Insider program. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Careful! Windows 10's 'Check for updates' button may download beta code," 12 Dec. 2018 Rick Friedman/Corbis via Getty Images Jeffrey Epstein could have gone to prison for life. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who is friends with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, explained," 3 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of via

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for via

Latin, ablative of via way — more at way

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The first known use of via was in 1677

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English Language Learners Definition of via

: by going through (a particular place) : by way of (a particular place)

: by means of (a person, machine, etc.) : by using (something or someone)

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Kids Definition of via

: by way of Our bus went via the northern route.

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