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.

Primary Meanings of way

1.
n
how something is done or how it happens
2.
n
space for movement
3.
n
a general category of things; used in the expression `in the way of'
4.
n
a portion of something divided into shares
5.
adv
to a great degree or by a great distance; very much (`right smart' is regional in the United States)
Full Definitions of way
1

n how something is done or how it happens

“a lonely way of life”
Synonyms:
fashion, manner, modality, mode, style
Types:
show 23 types...
hide 23 types...
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
Type of:
property
a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class

n how a result is obtained or an end is achieved

“the true way to success”
Synonyms:
agency, means
Types:
show 18 types...
hide 18 types...
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
Type of:
effectuation, implementation
the act of implementing (providing a practical means for accomplishing something); carrying into effect

n the condition of things generally

“that's the way it is”
“I felt the same way
Type of:
condition, status
a state at a particular time

n a course of conduct

“we went our separate ways
Synonyms:
path, way of life
Types:
show 5 types...
hide 5 types...
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
Type of:
course, course of action
a mode of action

n doing as one pleases or chooses

“if I had my way
Type of:
choice, pick, selection
the person or thing chosen or selected
2

n space for movement

“make way for”
Synonyms:
elbow room, room
Types:
show 15 types...
hide 15 types...
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
Type of:
position, spatial relation
the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated

n the property of distance in general

“it's a long way to Moscow”
“he went a long ways
Type of:
distance
the property created by the space between two objects or points

n a line leading to a place or point

“didn't know the way home”
Synonyms:
direction
Types:
show 7 types...
hide 7 types...
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
Type of:
itinerary, path, route
an established line of travel or access

n any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another

“he said he was looking for the way out”
Examples:
show 33 examples...
hide 33 examples...
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
Types:
show 55 types...
hide 55 types...
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
Type of:
artefact, artifact
a man-made object taken as a whole

n a journey or passage

“they are on the way
Type of:
journey, journeying
the act of traveling from one place to another
3

n a general category of things; used in the expression `in the way of'

“they didn't have much in the way of clothing”
Type of:
category
a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme
4

n a portion of something divided into shares

“they split the loot three ways
Type of:
part, percentage, portion, share
assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group
5

adv 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

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.