Definition of method in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmeTHəd/


(often method for/of)
1A particular form of procedure for accomplishing or approaching something, especially a systematic or established one: a method for software maintenance labor-intensive production methods
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  • It is a useful means of organizing research methods and approaches to data analysis.
  • From there we also looked at who we would approach and what methods we would use to make contact.
  • James explained why he though organic methods are being widely practiced in the area.
procedure, technique, system, practice, routine, modus operandi, process;
strategy, tactic, plan
1.1Orderliness of thought or behavior; systematic planning or action: historical study is the rigorous combination of knowledge and method
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  • The thumb and index finger of the right hand stand for wisdom and method combined.
  • I feel that this would be safer than the situation now is with no legal method.
  • They rarely come close enough for a good photograph unless they are lured in by some method.
order, orderliness, organization, structure, form, system, logic, planning, design, sense
1.2 (often Method) short for method acting.


there is method in one's madness

There is a sensible foundation for what appears to be foolish or strange behavior.
From Shakespeare's Hamlet ( ii. ii. 211)
Example sentences
  • I know I have ranted about this here but I wanted to highlight that there is method in my madness.
  • These aren't just evil thugs, there is method in their madness, despite it seeming repellant to our eyes.
  • Maybe he knows how to cow the ox with whippings and threats; maybe there is method in his madness.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'prescribed medical treatment for a disease'): via Latin from Greek methodos 'pursuit of knowledge', from meta- (expressing development) + hodos 'way'.

  • Originally a method referred to a medical treatment for a disease, coming via Latin from Greek methodos ‘pursuit of knowledge’, based on hodos ‘way’. Methodist, the 18th-century evangelistic movement founded by Charles and John Wesley and George Whitefield is probably from the notion of following a specified ‘method’ of Bible study.

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Syllabification: meth·od

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