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Synonyms of means in English:

plural noun

  • 1 the best means to achieve your goal
    method, way, manner, mode, measure, technique, expedient, agency, medium, instrument, channel, vehicle, avenue, course, process, procedure
  • 2 she doesn't have the means to support herself
    money, resources, capital, income, finance, funds, cash, wherewithal, assets
    informaldough, bread, moola
  • 3 a man of means
    wealth, riches, affluence, substance, fortune, property, money, capital
  • Phrases

    by all means

    by all means you must have dinner with us
    of course, certainly, definitely, surely, absolutely, with pleasure
    informalsure thing

    by means of

    the load was raised by means of a crane
    using, utilizing, employing, through, with the help of;
    as a result of, by dint of, by way of, by virtue of

    by no means

    the result is by no means certain
    not at all, in no way, not in the least, not in the slightest, not the least bit, not by a long shot, certainly not, absolutely not, definitely not, on no account, under no circumstances
    informalno way

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