W w


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wey]
    • /weɪ/
    • /ˈweɪ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wey]
    • /weɪ/

Definitions of way word

  • noun way manner, mode, or fashion: a new way of looking at a matter; to reply in a polite way. 1
  • noun way characteristic or habitual manner: Her way is to work quietly and never complain. 1
  • noun way a method, plan, or means for attaining a goal: to find a way to reduce costs. 1
  • noun way a respect or particular: The plan is defective in several ways. 1
  • noun way a direction or vicinity: Look this way. We're having a drought out our way. 1
  • noun way passage or progress on a course: to make one's way on foot; to lead the way. 1

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Origin of way

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English wei(gh)e, wai, Old English weg; cognate with Dutch, German Weg, Old Norse vegr, Gothic wigs; akin to Latin vehere to carry

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Parts of speech for Way


way popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

way usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for way

noun way

  • method — a procedure, technique, or way of doing something, especially in accordance with a definite plan: There are three possible methods of repairing this motor.
  • means — to have in mind as one's purpose or intention; intend: I meant to compliment you on your work. Synonyms: contemplate.
  • technique — the manner and ability with which an artist, writer, dancer, athlete, or the like employs the technical skills of a particular art or field of endeavor.
  • mode — fashion or style in manners, dress, etc.: He was much concerned to keep up with the latest mode.
  • system — an assemblage or combination of things or parts forming a complex or unitary whole: a mountain system; a railroad system.

Antonyms for way

noun way

  • disorganization — a breaking up of order or system; disunion or disruption of constituent parts.
  • disorganisation — Alternative spelling of disorganization.
  • idleness — the quality, state, or condition of being lazy, inactive, or idle: His lack of interest in the larger world and his consummate idleness were the causes of their dreadful divorce.
  • ignorance — the state or fact of being ignorant; lack of knowledge, learning, information, etc.
  • inaction — absence of action; idleness.

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