Definition of method in English:

method

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɛθəd
 
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noun

  • 1A particular procedure for accomplishing or approaching something, especially a systematic or established one: a method for software maintenance labour-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.
    Synonyms
    procedure, technique, system, practice, routine, modus operandi, method of working, formula, process, means, medium, mechanism; tack, approach, way, line, course of action, route, road; strategy, tactic, plan, recipe, rule
  • 1.1 [mass noun] The quality of being well organized and systematic in thought 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.
    Synonyms
    order, orderliness, organization, arrangement, structure, form, system, logic, planning, plan, design, purpose, pattern, routine, discipline
  • 1.2 (usually Method) short for method acting. Paula was at least hip to the Method [as modifier]: reliance on Method technique

Phrases

there is method in someone's madness

There is a sensible foundation for what appears to be foolish or strange behaviour: whatever he was about, there was method in his madness
[from Shakespeare's Hamlet ( ii. ii. 211)]
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  • 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.

Origin

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'.

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