View synonyms for means


/ miːnz /


  1. functioning as singular or plural the medium, method, or instrument used to obtain a result or achieve an end

    a means of communication

  2. functioning as plural resources or income
  3. functioning as plural considerable wealth or income

    a man of means

  4. by all means
    without hesitation or doubt; certainly

    come with us by all means

  5. by means of
    with the use or help of
  6. by no manner of means
    definitely not

    he was by no manner of means a cruel man

  7. by no means or not by any means
    on no account; in no way

    by no means come!

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Example Sentences

As a means of preventing tooth decay in those cities that do fluoridate, the practice certainly looks like a success.

That would truly be a milestone to celebrate—until you see what that record “diversity” actually means.

And in order for them to realize their vision, they are willing to use any means.

With that, there is no means to consistently measure progress.

Part of the problem is the mandate of the war and the means with which the U.S. is fighting it do not match up.

She skilfully manages the side-lights, and by this means produces strong effects.

This is a feature by means of which it is always possible to distinguish the Great Horsetail from any other species.

The specific gravity is most conveniently estimated by means of the urinometer—Squibb's is preferable (Fig. 14).

There is cause for alarm when they bring one hundred and ten ships into these seas without any means of resistance on our part.

“It means, my dear, that the Dragoons and the 60th will have to teach these impudent rebels a much-needed lesson,” said her uncle.


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