noun, plural in form but singular in construction
\ ˈwāz How to pronounce ways (audio) \

Definition of ways

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: way sense 6 a long ways from home


adverb suffix

Definition of -ways (Entry 2 of 2)

: in (such) a way, course, direction, or manner sideways

Examples of ways in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun, plural in form but singular in construction But Indiana also has a ways to go to make such conversations redundant. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: 'We had our chances,' but IU basketball can't finish against Wisconsin," 7 Mar. 2020 Jones' predecessor, Dennis Williams, has been identified to the Free Press by a source with knowledge of the case as UAW Official B. Schneider has also indicated that the case has a ways to go. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Ex-UAW president Gary Jones charged in corruption probe," 5 Mar. 2020 So far, the club's Taurus I rocket has reached an altitude of 3.4km, so the students have a ways to go. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Starship may launch this spring, rideshare wars heat up," 7 Feb. 2020 The 31-year-old Mills has a ways to go in order to catch all-time leader Manu Ginobili, whose 1,495 3-pointers tops the club’s list. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "‘Hack-a-Jak’ sends San Antonio Spurs’ Jakob Poeltl to drawing board," 28 Jan. 2020 But the Eos Foundation’s report, released in March, shows that many trade groups still have a ways to go. BostonGlobe.com, "Big biz group makes strides with board diversity - The Boston Globe," 12 Dec. 2019 Patrick also has a ways to go to catch up to other candidates who have been making contact with New Hampshire voters for nearly a year. BostonGlobe.com, "About half of likely Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire say they won’t consider voting for former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick because he waited too long to jump into the crowded presidential field, according to a Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll released Monday.," 26 Nov. 2019 Florida-Miami and Arizona-Hawaii both have the potential to be entertaining games, although the former is likely to feature little offense and the latter may set defensive football back a ways. Los Angeles Times, "College football 2019: Which games could provide this year’s major upset?," 23 Aug. 2019 Baseball has a ways to go while wrestling with the implications of new forms of technologies being introduced into the sport. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "Why Red Sox pitchers are looking inside their caps," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of ways

Noun, plural in form but singular in construction

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ways

Noun, plural in form but singular in construction

Middle English wayes, from genitive of way entry 1

Adverb suffix

Middle English, from ways, genitive of way

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The first known use of ways was before the 12th century

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18 Mar 2020

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“Ways.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ways. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ways

US, informal : a distance


adverb suffix
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Kids Definition of -ways

: in such a way, direction, or manner sideways

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