You can describe the specific style of doing something as your mode. If you're in vacation mode, for example, it might mean you say everything in a super-relaxed voice and spend all of your classes daydreaming.

From the Latin modus or "manner," it has been popular since the 1400s. Since the 1600s, people have been using it as another word for "fashionable." The French term "a la mode" literally means "in the fashion," or "fashionable," but is more commonly used to describe as specific way of serving dessert (ice cream on the side).

Definitions of mode
  1. noun
    how something is done or how it happens
    “their nomadic mode of existence”
    synonyms: fashion, manner, modality, style, way
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    artistic style, idiom
    the style of a particular artist or school or movement
    the manner in which fabric hangs or falls
    the manner in which something fits
    a particular mode in which something is manifested
    life style, life-style, lifestyle, modus vivendi
    a manner of living that reflects the person's values and attitudes
    the way something is organized or arranged
    signature, touch
    a distinguishing style
    a way of doing or being
    the manner in which an electrical or mechanical device responds to an input signal or a range of input signals
    baroque, baroqueness
    elaborate and extensive ornamentation in decorative art and architecture that flourished in Europe in the 17th century
    classical style
    the artistic style of ancient Greek art with its emphasis on proportion and harmony
    (architecture) one of original three styles of Greek architecture distinguished by the type of column and entablature used or a style developed from the original three by the Romans
    fanciful but graceful asymmetric ornamentation in art and architecture that originated in France in the 18th century
    High Renaissance
    the artistic style of early 16th century painting in Florence and Rome; characterized by technical mastery and heroic composition and humanistic content
    a manner of dealing with something artistically
    fast lane
    a hectic and pressured lifestyle often characterized by recklessness or dissipation
    free living
    a lifestyle given to easy indulgence of the appetites
    vanity fair
    a vain and frivolous lifestyle especially in large cities
    common touch
    the property of appealing to people in general (usually by appearing to have qualities in common with them)
    the way a garment hangs
    revival of a classical style (in art or literature or architecture or music) but from a new perspective or with a new motivation
    classicalism, classicism
    a movement in literature and art during the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe that favored rationality and restraint and strict forms
    Romantic Movement, Romanticism
    a movement in literature and art during the late 18th and early 19th centuries that celebrated nature rather than civilization
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    a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class
  2. noun
    a particular functioning condition or arrangement
    “switched from keyboard to voice mode
    synonyms: modality
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    condition, status
    a state at a particular time
  3. noun
    verb inflections that express how the action or state is conceived by the speaker
    synonyms: modality, mood
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    common mood, declarative, declarative mood, fact mood, indicative, indicative mood
    a mood (grammatically unmarked) that represents the act or state as an objective fact
    subjunctive, subjunctive mood
    a mood that represents an act or state (not as a fact but) as contingent or possible
    optative, optative mood
    a mood (as in Greek or Sanskrit) that expresses a wish or hope; expressed in English by modal verbs
    imperative, imperative form, imperative mood, jussive mood
    a mood that expresses an intention to influence the listener's behavior
    interrogative, interrogative mood
    some linguists consider interrogative sentences to constitute a mood
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    grammatical relation
    a linguistic relation established by grammar
  4. noun
    any of various fixed orders of the various diatonic notes within an octave
    synonyms: musical mode
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    Gregorian mode, church mode, ecclesiastical mode, medieval mode
    any of a system of modes used in Gregorian chants up until 1600; derived historically from the Greek mode
    Greek mode
    any of the descending diatonic scales in the music of classical Greece
    major diatonic scale, major scale
    a diatonic scale with notes separated by whole tones except for the 3rd and 4th and 7th and 8th
    minor diatonic scale, minor scale
    a diatonic scale with notes separated by whole tones except for the 2nd and 3rd and 5th and 6th
    C major, C major scale, scale of C major
    (music) the major scale having no sharps or flats
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    diatonic scale
    a scale with eight notes in an octave; all but two are separated by whole tones
  5. noun
    a classification of propositions on the basis of whether they claim necessity or possibility or impossibility
    synonyms: modality
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    logical relation
    a relation between propositions
  6. noun
    the most frequent value of a random variable
    synonyms: modal value
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    average, norm
    a statistic describing the location of a distribution
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