means

means [ minz ] (plural means) noun ***
1. ) count a method for doing or achieving something: WAY:
Information is not easily obtained by any other means.
an effective means for finding qualified job applicants
means of: What means of transportation is she using?
no means of doing something: We had no means of warning them.
the means by which: Testing is still the usual means by which students' progress is measured.
2. ) plural FORMAL the amount of money or the property, income, etc. that someone has:
have the means (to do something): Small businesses don't have the means to develop a sophisticated Internet presence.
beyond/within your means (=too expensive or not too expensive for you): Many medical expenses are beyond the means of poorer families.
according to someone's means: You are invited to contribute according to your means.
a man/woman of means (=with a lot of money): He had the well-dressed appearance of a man of means.
by all means SPOKEN
used for politely agreeing with someone, giving permission, or saying yes :
Do you mind if I invite a few friends? By all means.
by no means/not by any means
used as a way of emphasizing a negative statement:
It was by no means excellent, but still better than last year.
I wouldn't say I was an expert, not by any means.
fair means or foul
all possible methods, even unfair or dishonest ones
means to an end
a way of getting or achieving something you want:
Information management must be regarded as a means to an end.
means of production
factories, equipment, and materials used to produce goods

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • means — W2S2 [mi:nz] n plural means ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(method)¦ 2¦(money)¦ 3 by all means! 4 by no means/not by any means 5 by means of something 6 a means to an end 7 the means of production ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1.) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • means — [miːnz] noun [plural] the money and resources that a person or organization has available: means to do something • Large corporations have the means to pay large fines without suffering hardship. • The group has limited means. • young families… …   Financial and business terms

  • means — 1. When the meaning is ‘financial resources’, means is treated as plural: Their means are somewhat limited. When the meaning is ‘a way or method’ it can operate as a singular noun (when preceded by a determiner such as a, any, or every) or as a… …   Modern English usage

  • means — [mēnz] pl.n. 〚/span> MEAN3, n.〛 1. [with sing. or pl. v.] that by which something is done or obtained; agency [the fastest means of travel] 2. resources or available wealth; often, specif., great wealth; riches [a person of …   Universalium

  • means — n pl but sing or pl in constr 1 a: something enabling one to achieve a desired end a means of self defense b: cause (1) 2: resources (as income and assets) at one s disposal Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of La …   Law dictionary

  • means — ► PLURAL NOUN (also treated as sing. ) 1) an agent or method for achieving a result. 2) financial resources; income. 3) substantial resources; wealth. ● by all means Cf. ↑by all means ● by means of Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

  • means — [mēnz] pl.n. [< MEAN3, n.] 1. [with sing. or pl. v.] that by which something is done or obtained; agency [the fastest means of travel] 2. resources or available wealth; often, specif., great wealth; riches [a person of means] by all means 1 …   English World dictionary

  • Means — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: John Hugh Means (1812–1862), US amerikanischer Politiker Larry Means (* 1947), US amerikanischer Politiker Natrone Means (* 1972), US amerikanischer Footballspieler Rice W. Means (1877–1949), US… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • Means — may refer to: Means (surname) Definitions Mean (average), a term used in mathematics and statistics Means (ethics), something of instrumental value in order to achieve an end Means (law), an aspect of a crime needed to convince a jury of guilt in …   Wikipedia

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