- 1 [usually treated as singular] (often means of something or means to do something) An action or system by which a result is brought about; a method: these pledges are a means to avoid prosecution resolving disputes by peaceful meansMore example sentences
- When the objective is recognized, a wide variety of well known techniques may be used as transitional or enduring means of achieving it.
- The method provides a means of identifying and describing the ways the viewers fill the gaps in the text.
- Having a series of plant analysis results provides a means of evaluating these influences.
- 2Money; financial resources: a woman of modest but independent means prospective students without the means to attend CornellMore example sentences
- That way you will have the financial means whatever bill comes your way!
- She has also received computers and 14 computer training facilities for families without the means.
- 2.1Resources; capability: every country in the world has the means to make ethanolMore example sentences
- Of course, American monetary and financial officials will continue to use every means at its disposal to thwart any such crash dynamics.
- I highly recommend tracking it down if you have the means.
beyond (or within) one's means
- Beyond (or within) one’s budget or income: the government is living beyond its meansMore example sentences
- First of all they are going to help you set up a budget so you live within your means.
- Without any insurance, the emergency room fee was far beyond her means.
- Live within your means, they say, we can't bail you out forever.
by all means
- Of course; certainly (granting a permission): “May I make a suggestion?” “By all means.”More example sentences
- If writing is not your forte, by all means, have it done for you.
- Telephone, have a talk by all means but exclude me from arrangements.
- If it sounds like your sort of thing, then, by all means, check it out.
by any means (or by any manner of means)
- (Following a negative) in any way; at all: I’m not poor by any meansMore example sentences
- The film doesn't purport to be a documentary by any means.
- The graphics are good and clean, but they are not stunning by any means.
- This is not essential by any means, but it can help in certain projects.
by means of
- With the help or agency of: supplying water to cities by means of aqueductsMore example sentences
- Organizations exist by means of and as a result of these interactions.
- Withdrawal of cash is further effected by means of encoded plastic cards utilized at computer terminals.
- The farmhouse is connected at right angles to the restaurant by means of a large utility room which then leads on to a full catering kitchen.
by no means (or by no manner of means)
- Not at all; certainly not: the outcome is by no means guaranteedMore example sentences
- I saw it last week, and enjoyed it, but it's by no means even close to being the best film of 2002.
- Although this room is by no means small, a large wall mirror creates the illusion of even greater space.
- These are by no means mutually exclusive categories and many analyses will fall into both categories.
a means to an end
- A thing that is not valued or important in itself but is useful in achieving an aim: a computer is merely a means to an endMore example sentences
- We view our technology as a means to an end, and the end is always to deliver business value.
- However, it must be used as a means to an end and not the end itself.
- ‘I don't think much of gaming,’ says Morgan, ‘but it was a means to an end.’
late Middle English: plural of mean3, the early sense being 'intermediary'.