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1 a distinctive way of putting ideas into words
  • uses a colloquial mode of expression for his informal essays

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2 a state of mind dominated by a particular emotion
  • when I'm in my cooking mode, I just have to go into the kitchen and make something

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a practice or interest that is very popular for a short time
  • slim, tanned bodies are definitely the mode at this beach resort

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How is the word mode different from other nouns like it?

Some common synonyms of mode are fashion, manner, method, system, and way. While all these words mean "the means taken or procedure followed in achieving an end," mode implies an order or course followed by custom, tradition, or personal preference.

the preferred mode of transportation

In what contexts can fashion take the place of mode?

Although the words fashion and mode have much in common, fashion may suggest a peculiar or characteristic way of doing something.

rushing about in his typical fashion

How are the words manner and mode related?

Manner is close to mode but may imply a procedure or method that is individual or distinctive.

an odd manner of conducting

Where would method be a reasonable alternative to mode?

The meanings of method and mode largely overlap; however, method implies an orderly logical arrangement usually in steps.

effective teaching methods

When would system be a good substitute for mode?

While in some cases nearly identical to mode, system suggests a fully developed or carefully formulated method often emphasizing rational orderliness.

a filing system

When might way be a better fit than mode?

In some situations, the words way and mode are roughly equivalent. However, way is very general and may be used for any of the preceding words.

has her own way of doing things

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

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28 May 2020

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“Mode.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/mode. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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