Meaning of MEANS in English

MEANS

noun

1 method of doing sth

ADJECTIVE

▪ appropriate , convenient , effective , efficient , reliable , useful

an effective ~ of mass communication

▪ best , preferred

Gold has been the preferred ~ of exchange for centuries.

▪ necessary , possible , practicable ( BrE )

We will use every possible ~ to achieve our objective.

▪ alternate ( AmE ), alternative , other

War is famously ‘the continuation of policy by other means’.

▪ primary , principal

Painting had become his primary ~ of self-expression.

▪ only , sole

Oil lamps were the sole ~ of illumination.

▪ conventional , traditional

▪ legal , legitimate

▪ non-violent , peaceful

▪ military

▪ electronic , technical

Infringement of copyright includes distribution by electronic ~.

VERB + MEANS

▪ have

We have no ~ of knowing how they will react.

▪ use

▪ offer (sb) , provide (sb with)

My English teacher provided me with the ~ to enjoy reading poetry.

▪ develop , devise

Can you devise a ~ of overcoming the problem?

PREPOSITION

▪ by ~ (of)

The stone was lifted by ~ of a rope and pulley.

▪ through ~

They cannot achieve their goal through legal ~.

▪ ~ for

the ~ for achieving happiness

▪ ~ of

a ~ of access/communication/transport

a ~ of getting what you want

PHRASES

▪ the end justifies the ~

In the case of torture, the end can never justify the ~.

▪ a ~ to an end

He saw his education merely as a ~ to an end.

▪ by any ~ necessary , by fair ~ or foul

▪ by no ~/not by any ~ (= not at all) , ways and ~

There are ways and ~ of raising money.

2 money/wealth

ADJECTIVE

▪ independent , private

She must have independent ~ to live in such style.

▪ limited , little , moderate , modest , slender

▪ visible

people who lack visible ~ of support

VERB + MEANS

▪ have

▪ lack

MEANS + NOUN

▪ test

Eligibility for the benefit was determined by a ~ test.

PREPOSITION

▪ according to your ~ (= according to what you can afford)

▪ beyond your ~

Private school fees are beyond the ~ of most people (= more than they can afford) .

▪ within your ~ (= according to what you can afford)

She finds it difficult to live within her ~.

PHRASES

▪ a man/woman of ~ (= a rich man/woman)

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