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1 a passage cleared for public vehicular travel
  • the town honored the local sports hero by naming after him a short way connecting two shopping centers

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3 an established course for traveling from one place to another
  • took the regular way to work

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4 an established pattern of behavior
  • that's just his way, so pay him no mind

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5 an extent or area available for or used up by some activity or thing
  • made way for them to pass

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6 the direction along which something or someone moves
  • go the same way that the school bus does

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7 the means or procedure for doing something
  • figured out the best way to accomplish the task

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8 the opening through which one can enter or leave a structure
  • we came in the back way

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9 the power, right, or opportunity to choose
  • have it your way

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10 the space or amount of space between two points, lines, surfaces, or objects
  • it's just a little way down the road

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Synonyms & Antonyms of way (Entry 2 of 2)

to a great degree
  • "Oh, I'm just way thrilled to be here!" the pageant contestant gushed

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Frequently Asked Questions About way

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

Some common synonyms of way are fashion, manner, method, mode, and system. While all these words mean "the means taken or procedure followed in achieving an end," way is very general and may be used for any of the preceding words.

has her own way of doing things

In what contexts can fashion take the place of way?

Although the words fashion and way 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 as synonyms of way?

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

an odd manner of conducting

When would method be a good substitute for way?

The synonyms method and way are sometimes interchangeable, but method implies an orderly logical arrangement usually in steps.

effective teaching methods

Where would mode be a reasonable alternative to way?

The words mode and way are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, mode implies an order or course followed by custom, tradition, or personal preference.

the preferred mode of transportation

When might system be a better fit than way?

In some situations, the words system and way are roughly equivalent. However, system suggests a fully developed or carefully formulated method often emphasizing rational orderliness.

a filing system

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

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“Way.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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