way

The means by which you go about doing something is the way you do it. Although you "cleaned" your room, the way you did it — shoving everything into your closet — didn't exactly solve the problem.

Your manner of behavior or how you usually conduct yourself is also called your way. If it's not your way to let someone be bullied, you'll stand up for kids being pushed around, even if the bully is twice your size. A road or path can also be called a way. The Queen Elizabeth Way is a highway in Ontario, Canada, for example.

Definitions of way
  1. noun
    how something is done or how it happens
    “a lonely way of life”
    synonyms: fashion, manner, modality, mode, style
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    artistic style, idiom
    the style of a particular artist or school or movement
    drape
    the manner in which fabric hangs or falls
    fit
    the manner in which something fits
    form
    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
    setup
    the way something is organized or arranged
    signature, touch
    a distinguishing style
    wise
    a way of doing or being
    response
    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
    order
    (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
    rococo
    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
    treatment
    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)
    hang
    the way a garment hangs
    neoclassicism
    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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    property
    a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class
  2. noun
    how a result is obtained or an end is achieved
    “the true way to success”
    synonyms: agency, means
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    dint
    interchangeable with `means' in the expression `by means of'
    escape
    a means or way of escaping
    fast track
    a rapid means of achieving a goal
    instrument, tool
    the means whereby some act is accomplished
    road
    a way or means to achieve something
    stepping stone
    any means of advancement
    expedient
    a means to an end; not necessarily a principled or ethical one
    desperate measure
    desperate actions taken as a means to an end
    open sesame
    any very successful means of achieving a result
    salvation
    a means of preserving from harm or unpleasantness
    tooth
    a means of enforcement
    voice
    a means or agency by which something is expressed or communicated
    wings
    a means of flight or ascent
    royal road
    an auspicious way or means to achieve something
    make-do, makeshift, stopgap
    something contrived to meet an urgent need or emergency
    crutch
    anything that serves as an expedient
    improvisation, temporary expedient
    an unplanned expedient
    last resort, pis aller
    an expedient adopted only in desperation
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    effectuation, implementation
    the act of implementing (providing a practical means for accomplishing something); carrying into effect
  3. noun
    the condition of things generally
    “that's the way it is”
    “I felt the same way
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    condition, status
    a state at a particular time
  4. noun
    a course of conduct
    “we went our separate ways
    synonyms: path, way of life
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    ambages
    (archaic) roundabout or mysterious ways of action
    primrose path
    a life of ease and pleasure
    straight and narrow, strait and narrow
    the way of proper and honest behavior
    Sunna, Sunnah, hadith
    (Islam) the way of life prescribed as normative for Muslims on the basis of the teachings and practices of Muhammad and interpretations of the Koran
    warpath
    a course leading to warfare or battle
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    course, course of action
    a mode of action
  5. noun
    doing as one pleases or chooses
    “if I had my way
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    choice, pick, selection
    the person or thing chosen or selected
  6. noun
    space for movement
    “make way for”
    synonyms: elbow room, room
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    seating, seating area, seating room, seats
    an area that includes places where several people can sit
    standing room
    room for passengers or spectators to stand
    breathing room, breathing space
    sufficient room for easy breathing or movement
    clearance, headroom, headway
    vertical space available to allow easy passage under something
    houseroom
    space for accommodation in a house
    lebensraum, living space
    space sought for occupation by a nation whose population is expanding
    parking
    space in which vehicles can be parked
    sea room
    space for maneuver at sea
    circle, dress circle
    a curved section or tier of seats in a hall or theater or opera house; usually the first tier above the orchestra
    orchestra
    seating on the main floor in a theater
    parquet
    seating on the main floor between the orchestra and the parquet circle
    parquet circle, parterre
    seating at the rear of the main floor (beneath the balconies)
    ringside, ringside seat
    first row of seating; has an unobstructed view of a boxing or wrestling ring
    stall
    seating in the forward part of the main level of a theater
    tiered seat
    seating that is arranged in sloping tiers so that spectators in the back can see over the heads of those in front
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    position, spatial relation
    the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated
  7. noun
    the property of distance in general
    “it's a long way to Moscow”
    “he went a long ways
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    distance
    the property created by the space between two objects or points
  8. noun
    a line leading to a place or point
    “didn't know the way home”
    synonyms: direction
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    aim, bearing, heading
    the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies
    course, trend
    general line of orientation
    east-west direction
    in a direction parallel with lines of latitude
    north-south direction
    in a direction parallel with lines of longitude
    qibla
    the direction of the Kaaba toward which Muslims turn for their daily prayers
    tendency, trend
    a general direction in which something tends to move
    tack
    the heading or position of a vessel relative to the trim of its sails
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    itinerary, path, route
    an established line of travel or access
  9. noun
    any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another
    “he said he was looking for the way out”
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    Appian Way
    an ancient Roman road in Italy extending south from Rome to Brindisi; begun in 312 BC
    Caledonian Canal
    a canal in northern Scotland that links North Sea with the Atlantic Ocean; runs diagonally between Moray Firth at the northeastern end and Loch Linnhe at the southwestern end; now little used
    Caloosahatchee Canal
    a canal that connects Lake Okeechobee with the Caloosahatchee River in southern Florida to form part of the Cross-Florida Waterway
    Flaminian Way
    an ancient Roman road in Italy built by Gaius Flaminius in 220 BC; extends north from Rome to cisalpine Gaul
    Gota Canal
    a canal for small oceangoing ships to enter Lake Vanern in Sweden
    Iditarod Trail
    a trail that extends 1,100 miles from Anchorage over the Alaska Range to Nome
    Panama Canal
    a ship canal 40 miles long across the Isthmus of Panama built by the United States (1904-1914)
    Saint Lawrence Seaway
    a seaway involving the Saint Lawrence River and the Great Lakes that was developed jointly by Canada and the United States; oceangoing ships can travel as far west as Lake Superior
    Santa Fe Trail
    a trail that extends from Missouri to New Mexico; an important route for settlers moving west in the 19th century
    Fleet Street
    a street in central London where newspaper offices are situated
    Harley Street
    a street in central London where the consulting rooms of many physicians and surgeons are located
    Lombard Street
    a street in central London containing many of the major London banks
    Whitehall
    a wide street in London stretching from Trafalgar Square to the Houses of Parliament; site of many government offices
    Strand
    a street in west central London famous for its theaters and hotels
    Grand Canal
    an inland waterway 1000 miles long in eastern China; extends from Tianjin in the north to Hangzhou in the south
    Grand Canal
    the major waterway in Venice, Italy
    Downing Street
    a street of Westminster in London
    Pall Mall
    a fashionable street in London noted for its many private clubs
    Suez Canal
    a ship canal in northeastern Egypt linking the Red Sea with the Mediterranean Sea
    Quai d'Orsay
    the street in Paris along the south bank of the Seine known for its governmental ministries
    Champs Elysees
    a major avenue in Paris famous for elegant shops and cafes
    Cape Cod Canal
    a canal connecting Cape Cod Bay with Buzzards Bay
    Erie Canal
    an artificial waterway connecting the Hudson river at Albany with Lake Erie at Buffalo; built in the 19th century; now part of the New York State Barge Canal
    New York State Barge Canal
    a system of canals crossing New York State and connecting the Great Lakes with the Hudson River and Lake Champlain
    Bowery
    a street in Manhattan noted for cheap hotels frequented by homeless derelicts
    Great White Way
    a street in Manhattan that passes through Times Square; famous for its theaters
    Park Avenue
    a fashionable residential street in New York City
    Wall Street
    a street in lower Manhattan where the New York Stock Exchange is located; symbol of American finance
    Chisholm Trail
    a former cattle trail from San Antonio in Texas to Abilene in Kansas; not used after the 1880s
    Channel Tunnel
    the railroad tunnel between France and England under the English Channel
    Fifth Avenue
    an avenue in Manhattan that separates the east side of Manhattan from the west side
    Seventh Avenue
    an avenue in Manhattan that runs north and south
    trans-Alaska pipeline
    an oil pipeline that runs 800 miles from wells at Prudhoe Bay to the port of Valdez
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    access, approach
    a way of entering or leaving
    lane
    a narrow way or road
    passage
    a way through or along which someone or something may pass
    path
    a way especially designed for a particular use
    road, route
    an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation
    staircase, stairway
    a way of access (upward and downward) consisting of a set of steps
    watercourse, waterway
    a conduit through which water flows
    access road, slip road
    a short road giving access to an expressway
    adit
    a nearly horizontal passage from the surface into a mine
    aisle
    a long narrow passage (as in a cave or woods)
    backstairs
    a second staircase at the rear of a building
    bridle path, bridle road
    a path suitable for riding or leading horses (but not for cars)
    bypath, byroad, byway
    a side road little traveled (as in the countryside)
    canal
    long and narrow strip of water made for boats or for irrigation
    causeway
    a road that is raised above water or marshland or sand
    channel
    a passage for water (or other fluids) to flow through
    clearway
    a road on which you are not allowed to stop (unless you have a breakdown)
    companionway
    a stairway or ladder that leads from one deck to another on a ship
    conduit
    a passage (a pipe or tunnel) through which water or electric wires can pass
    corduroy
    a road made of logs laid crosswise
    crossing, crossover, crosswalk
    a path (often marked) where something (as a street or railroad) can be crossed to get from one side to the other
    cul, cul de sac, dead end
    a passage with access only at one end
    detour, roundabout way
    a roundabout road (especially one that is used temporarily while a main route is blocked)
    drive, parkway
    a wide scenic road planted with trees
    drive, driveway, private road
    a road leading up to a private house
    entrance, entranceway, entree, entry, entryway
    something that provides access (to get in or get out)
    escalator, moving staircase, moving stairway
    a stairway whose steps move continuously on a circulating belt
    emergency exit, fire escape
    a stairway (often on the outside of a building) that permits exit in the case of fire or other emergency
    fish ladder
    a series of ascending pools providing a passage for salmon to swim upstream past a dam
    flight, flight of stairs, flight of steps
    a stairway (set of steps) between one floor or landing and the next
    flume
    watercourse that consists of an open artificial chute filled with water for power or for carrying logs
    ghat
    stairway in India leading down to a landing on the water
    headrace
    a waterway that feeds water to a mill or water wheel or turbine
    highway, main road
    a major road for any form of motor transport
    lane
    a well-defined track or path; for e.g. swimmers or lines of traffic
    line, rail line, railway line
    the road consisting of railroad track and roadbed
    passageway
    a passage between rooms or between buildings
    footpath, pathway
    a trodden path
    post road
    a road over which mail is carried
    right of way
    the passage consisting of a path or strip of land over which someone has the legal right to pass
    roadway
    a road (especially that part of a road) over which vehicles travel
    shaft
    a long vertical passage sunk into the earth, as for a mine or tunnel
    crosscut, cutoff, shortcut
    a route shorter than the usual one
    side road
    a minor road branching off of a main road
    skid road
    a road made of logs on which freshly cut timber can be hauled
    speedway
    road where high speed driving is allowed
    stairs, steps
    a flight of stairs or a flight of steps
    tailrace
    a watercourse that carries water away from a mill or water wheel or turbine
    thoroughfare
    a public road from one place to another
    throat
    a passage resembling a throat in shape or function
    towing path, towpath
    a path along a canal or river used by animals towing boats
    cart track, cartroad, track
    any road or path affording passage especially a rough one
    turnoff
    a side road where you can turn off
    paseo, walk, walkway
    a path set aside for walking
    ramp
    a movable staircase that passengers use to board or leave an aircraft
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    artefact, artifact
    a man-made object taken as a whole
  10. noun
    a journey or passage
    “they are on the way
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    journey, journeying
    the act of traveling from one place to another
  11. noun
    a general category of things; used in the expression `in the way of'
    “they didn't have much in the way of clothing”
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    category
    a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme
  12. noun
    a portion of something divided into shares
    “they split the loot three ways
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    part, percentage, portion, share
    assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group
  13. adverb
    to a great degree or by a great distance; very much (`right smart' is regional in the United States)
    way over budget”
    way off base”
    synonyms: right smart
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