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means British & World English

An action or system by which a result is achieved; a method

means English Thesaurus

the drugs were obtained by illegal means

mean1 British & World English

Intend to convey or refer to (a particular thing); signify

mean3 British & World English

The value obtained by dividing the sum of several quantities by their number; an average

means of/to do something in means British & World English

An action or system by which a result is achieved; a method

means test British & World English

An official investigation into a person’s financial circumstances to determine their eligibility for state assistance

means test New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(two words, hyphen as verb)

private means British & World English

Income from investments, property, or inheritance, as opposed to earned income or state benefit

by all means British & World English

Of course; certainly (granting a permission)

by any means British & World English

In any way; at all

by means of British & World English

With the help of; by using

by no means British & World English

Not at all; certainly not

means of grace British & World English

The sacraments and other religious agencies viewed as the means by which divine grace is imparted to the soul, or by which growth in grace is promoted

ways and means British & World English

Methods and resources for achieving something

beyond one's means British & World English

Beyond (or within) one’s budget or income

means of production British & World English

(In a political context) the facilities and resources for producing goods

a means to an end British & World English

A thing that is not valued or important in itself but is useful in achieving an aim

by British & World English

Indicating the means of achieving something

by fair means or foul British & World English

Using whatever means are necessary

the end justifies the means British & World English

Wrong or unfair methods may be used if the overall goal is good

by means of in means British & World English

With the help of; by using

by no means in means British & World English

Not at all; certainly not

by all means in means British & World English

Of course; certainly (granting a permission)

means of grace in means British & World English

The sacraments and other religious agencies viewed as the means by which divine grace is imparted to the soul, or by which growth in grace is promoted

ways and means in way British & World English

Methods and resources for achieving something

golden mean British & World English

The ideal moderate position between two extremes

mean2 British & World English

Unwilling to give or share things, especially money; not generous

mean well in mean1 British & World English

Have good intentions, but not always the ability to carry them out

mean well British & World English

Have good intentions, but not always the ability to carry them out

means-test in means test British & World English

Make (a state benefit) conditional on a means test

means-testmeans-tested in means test British & World English

Make (a state benefit) conditional on a means test

means-tested in means test British & World English

Make (a state benefit) conditional on a means test

beyond one's means in means British & World English

Beyond (or within) one’s budget or income

mean something to in mean1 British & World English

Be of a specified degree of importance to (someone)

mean something by in mean1 British & World English

Have something as a motive or explanation in saying or doing

means of production in means British & World English

(In a political context) the facilities and resources for producing goods

arithmetic mean British & World English

The average of a set of numerical values, as calculated by adding them together and dividing by the number of terms in the set

geometric mean British & World English

The central number in a geometric progression (e.g. 9 in 3, 9, 27), also calculable as the nth root of a product of n numbers


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