way1 W1S1 [weı] n
3¦(direction/how to go somewhere)¦
4¦(part of something that is true)¦
6¦(the space in front of you)¦
7 make way (for something/somebody)
8 out of the way
9 on the/your/its way
10 be under way
11 make your way
12 push/grope/inch etc your way somewhere
13 give way
14 clear/pave/open/prepare etc the way (for something)
15 a/the way forward
20 go some way towards doing something
20 go a long way towards doing something
22 within two feet/ten years etc either way
23 (in) one way or another
23 one way or the other
24 way around/round/up
25 by way of something
26 get in the way of something
27 go out of your way to do something
28 get/have your (own) way
29 go your own way
30 go somebody's way
31 come somebody's way
32 in a big/small way
33 by a long way
34 talk/buy etc your way into/past etc something/somebody
35 work/munch/smoke etc your way through something
36 be on the/your way out
37 across/over the way
38 have a way of doing something
39 get into the way of doing something
40 not in any way, shape, or form
41 split something two/three etc ways
42 have a way with somebody/something
43 the way of the world
44 every which way
45 Way
46 by the way
47 no way!
48 the way I see it
48 to my way of thinking
49 that's the way
50 that's (just) the way something/somebody is
50 that's (just) the way something goes
51 be with somebody all the way
52 if I had my way
53 have it your (own) way
54 (there are) no two ways about it
55 you can't have it both ways
56 way to go!
57 (that's/it's) always the way!
58 down your/London etc way
59 go all the way (with somebody)
[: Old English; Origin: weg]
1.) ¦(METHOD)¦
a method that you use to do or achieve something
There are several different ways we can tackle this problem.
way of doing sth
Evening classes are one way of meeting new people.
There's no way of knowing if the treatment will work.
way to do sth
What's the best way to learn a language?
in the same way/in different ways etc
Make the drink with boiling water in the same way as tea.
Animals communicate in various ways.
(in) the right/wrong way
I think you're going about this the wrong way .
ways and means
(=methods of doing something, especially ones that are secret or not yet decided)
There are ways and means of raising the money that we need.
way out/out of/around
One way around the problem (=method of dealing with it) is recycling.
There seems to be no way out of the current economic crisis.
way into television/publishing/finance etc
(=a method of getting involved in a particular activity or type of work)
companies eager for a way into business in Europe
2.) ¦(MANNER)¦
the manner or style in which someone does something or in which something happens
Look at the way he's dressed!
in a ... way
'Hello,' he said in a friendly way.
Maria got up and took a shower in a leisurely way.
(in) this/that way
I find it easier to work in this way (=like this) .
Sorry, I didn't know you felt that way (=had that feeling or opinion) .
The drugs didn't seem to affect Anna in the same way .
that's no way to do sth
(=used to tell someone that they should not be doing something in a particular manner)
That's no way to speak to your father!
in more ways than one
(=in a number of ways)
The changes will benefit the company in more ways than one.
in sb's (own) way
(=in a personal way that other people may not recognize)
I'm sure he does love you, in his own way.
a) a road, path, direction etc that you take in order to get to a particular place
the way to/from/out etc
Which is the quickest way to the sea from here?
There are several ways through the woods.
ask/tell/show sb the way
Could you tell me the way to the station?
Does anyone know the way from here?
I was afraid of losing my way in the dark.
Can you find your way back to the car park?
the way out
(=the door, path etc which you can use to leave a building or area)
Which is the way out?
the way in
(=the door, path etc which you can use to enter a building or area)
She looked all around, but she couldn't seem to find the way in.
on sb's way
(=in the same direction as someone is going)
Want a lift? It's on my way.
out of sb's way
(=not in the same direction as someone is going)
I live miles out of your way.
b) a particular direction from where you are now
Which way is north?
Walk this way .
A big Mercedes was coming the other way (=from the opposite direction) .
He left the house, looking carefully both ways.
used to say that there is a fact or a feature of something that makes a statement or description true
in a/one way
In one way you're right, I suppose.
in some/many ways
Working at home makes sense, in many ways.
Ben is a perfectly normal child in every way .
He never got mad at me. He was great in that way .
in no way
(=used to emphasize that something is not true)
This should in no way be seen as a defeat.
5.) ¦(DISTANCE/TIME)¦ [singular]
a distance or a length of time, especially a long one
I was still a long way from home.
some way/quite a way
(=quite a long distance)
She had to park some way from the restaurant.
a long way off/away/ahead etc
(=far away in distance or in time)
A peace settlement now seems a long way off.
I don't want to go all that way and not see him.
all the way down/across/through etc (sth)
(=the full distance or length of something)
Did you really swim all the way across?
I was awake all through the night.
a (long) ways AmE
That's quite a ways from here, isn't it?
6.) ¦(THE SPACE IN FRONT OF YOU)¦ [C usually singular]
if someone or something is in the way, they are blocking the space in front of you, and you cannot move forward
be in the way/be in sb's way
(=be blocking a road, someone's path etc so that they cannot move forward easily)
There was a big truck in the way.
Sorry, am I in your way?
A policeman yelled at the crowds to get out of the way .
The way ahead was blocked.
7.) make way (for sth/sb)
a) to move to the side so that there is space for someone or something to pass
The crowd stepped aside to make way for the procession.
b) to make it possible for something newer or better to be built, organized etc
Several houses were demolished to make way for a new road.
8.) out of the way
a) also out of sb's way
if someone or something is out of the way, they are somewhere where they are not likely to cause a problem, need attention, be annoying etc
move/put/push etc sth out of the way
Why don't you tie your hair back, out of the way?
If Uncle Tom had been drinking, I kept out of his way .
When Mac was safely out of the way , Peter came round.
b) if a particular matter, job etc is out of the way, it has been done or dealt with
I'd rather get the interview out of the way in the morning.
As soon as the contract's out of the way, we can start.
c) a place that is out of the way is far from any towns
9.) on the/your/its way
a) arriving or happening soon
There's a letter on its way to you.
More changes are on the way.
b) travelling towards a particular place
She should be on the way here by now.
on the/your/its way to
The ships were already on their way to the gulf
c) while going from one place to another
on the/your/its way to/out/home etc
I ran out of gas on my way to the airport.
Guess who I bumped into on the way home.
d) also along the way
while moving from one situation or part of your life to another
Don's had to change jobs several times along the way.
e) if someone has a baby on the way, they are ↑pregnant
10.) be under way
a) to have started to happen or be done
Plans are well under way for a new shopping centre.
The tournament got under way on Friday.
b) to have started to move or travel somewhere
Our train was already under way.
11.) make your way
a) to go towards something, especially when this is difficult or takes a long time
make your way to/through/towards etc
The team slowly made their way back to base.
make your own way (home/to sth etc)
(=go somewhere without the help or company of other people)
Don't worry. I can make my own way to the beach.
b) to gradually become successful in a particular job, activity, profession etc
young people who are making their way in industry
12.) push/grope/inch etc your way somewhere
to get somewhere by using force or moving carefully
She elbowed her way to the front of the queue.
He drank some water, then groped his way back to the bedroom.
13.) give way
a) to be replaced by something else
give way to
Stone has given way to glass and concrete.
My anger gave way to depression.
b) to agree to do what someone else wants, instead of what you want, especially after a lot of discussion or argument
Despite growing pressure, the Minister of State refused to give way.
give way to
Maria seemed to despise him for giving way to her.
c) to break because of too much weight or pressure
The floor's rotten and likely to give way.
d) BrE to stop or slow down when you are driving, in order to allow other vehicles to go first
American Equivalent: yield
In Britain, give way to cars coming from the right.
14.) clear/pave/open/prepare etc the way (for sth)
to make it possible for something to happen or develop later
a study that paved the way for further research
The Queen's death opened the way for him to return.
15.) a/the way forward
an action, plan etc that seems a good idea because it is likely to lead to success
A way forward lies in developing more economic links.
a/the way forward for
This treatment may be the way forward for many inherited disorders.
16.) ¦(STATE/CONDITION)¦ [singular]
a particular state or condition
My family was in a bad way financially.
The chicken's nice and crispy - just the way I like it .
It's worth thinking how you can improve the way things are .
sb was born/made that way
(=used to say that someone's character is not likely to change)
He'll always be mean - he was born that way.
17.) ¦(FACT/EVENT)¦ [singular]
used to refer to something that happens
I hate the way you always give in to him.
18.) ¦(BEHAVIOUR)¦
someone's typical style of behaving, especially when it seems different or unusual
be (just) sb's way
Don't worry if she's quiet - that's just her way.
Esther quickly changed the subject, as was her way .
strange/funny/odd etc ways
We all have our funny little ways.
change/mend your ways
(=stop behaving badly)
see the error of your ways aterror, be set in your ways atset3 (6)
19.) ¦(DEVELOPMENT/PROGRESS)¦ [singular]
used in expressions about developing and improving
The team has a long way to go (=needs to develop or improve a lot) before it can match that performance.
Microwave ovens have come a long way (=have developed or improved a lot) since they first appeared in our kitchens.
Jen is now well on the way to recovery (=she has improved and will be well soon) .
20.) go some way towards doing sth also go a long way towards doing sth
to help a little or a lot to make something happen
ideas that go some way towards reducing environmental problems
used when talking about two choices someone could make, or two possibilities that could happen
I'm not sure which way he'll decide.
The election could go either way (=both results are equally possible) .
Make your mind up one way or the other .
either way
(=used to say that something will be the same, whichever of two things happens)
Either way, it's going to be expensive.
22.) within two feet/ten years etc either way
no more than two feet etc more or less than a particular amount
Your answer must be within a centimetre either way.
23.) (in) one way or another also one way or the other
used to say that someone does or will do something somehow, although you are not sure how
One way or the other he always seems to win.
We'll find the money, one way or another.
24.) way around/round/up
a particular order or position that something should be in
Which way around does this skirt go?
the other way around/round/up
(=in the opposite order or position)
The picture should be the other way up.
Art reflects life, or is it the other way around (=is it 'life reflects art') ?
the right/wrong way around/round/up
Are the batteries in the wrong way round?
25.) by way of sth
a) also in the way of sth
as a form or means of something
I'd like to say something by way of introduction.
little in the way of sth also not much/enough in the way of sth
(=not much of something)
The town has little in the way of leisure facilities.
b) if you travel by way of a place, you go through it
= ↑via
We went by way of London.
26.) get in the way of sth
to prevent someone from doing something, or prevent something from happening
Your social life must not get in the way of your studies.
27.) go out of your way to do sth
to do something with more effort than is usual or expected
She went out of her way to make me feel welcome.
28.) get/have your (own) way
to do what you want to, even though someone else wants something different
Don't let the children always get their own way.
29.) go your own way
to do what you want, make your own decisions etc
At 18, most young people are ready to go their own way.
30.) go sb's way
a) if an event goes your way, it happens in the way you want
The government are hopeful that the vote will go their way.
everything/things/nothing goes sb's way
(=used to talk about events in general)
b) literary to continue a journey, or to leave and do what you want to do next
She said goodbye and went her way.
c) to travel in the same direction as someone
I can take you - I'm going your way.
31.) come sb's way
if something comes your way, you get or experience it, especially by chance
Luck had come her way at the very last moment.
32.) in a big/small way
used to talk about the degree to which something happens, or how important it is
The business was a success, in a small way.
33.) by a long way
by a large amount
He was the best in the group by a long way.
34.) talk/buy etc your way into/past etc sth/sb
to get where you want or achieve something you want by saying or doing something
Caroline managed to talk her way past the guard.
35.) work/munch/smoke etc your way through sth
to deal with, eat, smoke etc a large amount of things
He worked his way through the pile of documents.
She had munched her way through a packet of biscuits.
36.) be on the/your way out
to be becoming less popular, important, powerful etc
Is the royal family on the way out?
37.) across/over the way
on the opposite side of the street
They live across the way from us at number 23.
38.) have a way of doing sth
used to say that something often or usually happens
Cheer up - these problems have a way of working out.
39.) get into the way of doing sth
BrE to start to do something regularly
He'd got into the way of smoking first thing in the morning.
40.) not in any way, shape, or form
used to emphasize that something is not true
I am not responsible for his actions in any way, shape, or form.
41.) split sth two/three etc ways also divide sth two/three etc ways
to divide something into two, three etc equal parts
We'll split the cost between us five ways.
42.) have a way with sb/sth
to be especially good at dealing with people or things of a particular type
David seems to have a way with children.
She's always had a way with words (=been good at using words effectively) .
43.) the way of the world
how things always happen or are done, especially when this is not easy to change
In those days these policies favoured men. That was the way of the world.
44.) every which way informal
a) in all directions
Bullets were flying every which way.
b) BrE every possible method
I tried every which way to avoid it.
45.) Way
used in the names of roads
Church Way
46.) spoken by the way
used when saying something that is not related to the main subject you were talking about before
By the way, have you seen my keys anywhere?
47.) spoken no way!
a) used to say that you will definitely not do or allow something
'Can I borrow your car?' 'No way!'
There's no way I'll ever get married again.
no way José!
(=used to emphasize that you will not do something)
b) especially AmE used to say that you do not believe something or are very surprised by it
She's 45? No way!
48.) spoken the way I see it also to my way of thinking
used before telling someone your opinion
The way I see it, it was a fair trade.
49.) spoken that's the way
used to tell someone that they are doing something correctly or well, especially when you are showing them how
Now bring your foot gently off the clutch - that's the way.
50.) spoken that's (just) the way sth/sb is also that's (just) the way sth goes
used to say that a particular situation or person cannot be changed
Don't try to fight it. That's just the way it is.
Sometimes Tim needs to be alone. That's the way he is.
51.) spoken be with sb all the way
to agree with someone completely
I'm with you all the way on this salary issue, Joe.
52.) spoken if I had my way
used when telling someone what you think it would be best to do
If I had my way, we'd leave this place tomorrow.
53.) spoken have it your (own) way
used to tell someone in an annoyed way that you will agree to what they want
54.) spoken (there are) no two ways about it
used to say that something is definitely true, especially something unpleasant
55.) spoken you can't have it both ways
used to say that you cannot have the advantages from both of two different possible decisions or actions
It's a choice between the time and the money - you can't have it both ways!
56.) spoken way to go!
AmE used to tell someone that they have done something very well or achieved something special
57.) spoken (that's/it's) always the way!
BrE used to say that things always happen in the way that is least convenient
The train was late - always the way when you're in a hurry!
58.) spoken down your/London etc way
in your area, the area of London etc
59.) spoken go all the way (with sb)
to have sex with someone
→↑halfway, one-way, right of way, two-way,that's the way the cookie crumbles atcookie, cut both ways atcut1 (36), in the family way atfamily, go the way of all flesh atflesh1 (9), go your separate ways atseparate1 (4), know your way around (sth) atknow1 (10), be laughing all the way to the bank atlaugh1 (8), lead the way atlead1 (7), look the other way atlook1 (9), out of harm's way atharm1 (6), parting of the ways atparting1 (3), pay your way atpay1 (13), to put it another way atput, rub sb up the wrong way atrub1 (7), see which way the wind is blowing atwind1 (6), see your way (clear) to doing sth atsee1 (39), any way you slice it atslice2 , stand in sb's way atstand1 (30), where there's a will there's a way atwill2 (5)
work your way to/through etc sth atwork1 (12)
way 2
way2 S2 adv
1.) very far
way ahead/behind/out etc
The other cyclists were way behind.
She lives way out of town.
2.) by a large amount
way above/below/past etc
Her IQ is way above average.
way out
Your guess was way out (=completely incorrect) , he's actually thirty-eight.
way back
We first met way back (=a long time ago) in the 70s.
way heavier/smarter/bigger etc
(=much heavier etc)
The tickets were way more expensive than I thought.
3.) AmE informal very
I think she's way cool, man.

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