ways and means

ways and mean
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [weyz and meen]
    • /weɪz ænd min/
    • /weɪ ənd miːnz/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [weyz and meen]
    • /weɪz ænd min/

Definitions of ways and means words

  • noun,plural ways and means methods 1
  • noun plural ways and means the revenues and methods of raising the revenues needed for the functioning of a state or other political unit 0
  • noun plural ways and means a standing committee of the US House of Representatives that supervises all financial legislation 0
  • noun plural ways and means the methods and resources for accomplishing some purpose 0
  • noun ways and means methods and resources at the disposal of a person, company, etc. 0
  • noun ways and means methods of raising money; specif., such methods, including legislation, in government 0

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Origin of ways and means

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50

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Parts of speech for Ways and means


ways and means popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 31% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 67% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

Synonyms for ways and means

noun ways and means

  • capital — Capital is a large sum of money which you use to start a business, or which you invest in order to make more money.
  • cd — CDs are small plastic discs on which sound, especially music, is recorded. CDs can also be used to store information which can be read by a computer. CD is an abbreviation for 'compact disc'.
  • cds — credit default swap
  • instrumentation — the arranging of music for instruments, especially for an orchestra.
  • means — to have in mind as one's purpose or intention; intend: I meant to compliment you on your work. Synonyms: contemplate.

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