Meaning of MEANS in English

MEANS

■ plural noun

1》 [treated as sing. or plural ] an action or system by which a result is achieved.

2》 financial resources; income.

↘substantial resources; wealth.

Phrases

by all ~ of course.

by any ~ [with negative ] at all.

by ~ of by using.

by no ~ (or by no manner of ~ ) certainly not.

a ~ to an end a thing that is not valued in itself but is useful in achieving an aim.

Origin

ME: plural of mean 3 , the early sense being 'intermediary'.

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