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Dictionary Definition

means

Noun

1 how a result is obtained or an end is achieved; "a means of control"; "an example is the best agency of instruction"; "the true way to success" [syn: agency, way]
2 instrumentality used to achieve an end
3 considerable capital (wealth or income); "he is a man of means" [syn: substance]

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English

Etymology

See mean.

Pronunciation

  • /miːnz/, /mi:nz/
  • Rhymes: -iːnz

Noun

means
  1. Plural of mean
  2. That by which something is done; a tool, device, or strategy to achieve something; as, a means to an end.
  3. Resources; riches; as, a person of means.
Translations
that by which something is done
resources

Verb

means
  1. third-person singular of mean

Extensive Definition

Means may refer to:
  • Means (surname)
  • Mean (average), a term used in mathematics and statistics
  • Means (band), a Christian hardcore band from Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 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 a criminal proceeding

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

MO, Swiss bank account, action, ad hoc measure, algorithm, answer, apparatus, approach, artifice, assessed valuation, assets, assets and liabilities, attack, available means, balance, bank account, bottom dollar, budget, capital, capital goods, capitalization, cash reserves, checking account, circumstances, command of money, contraption, contrivance, countermove, coup, course, course of action, current assets, deferred assets, demarche, device, dodge, effort, exchequer, expedient, fashion, finances, fixed assets, form, frozen assets, fund, funds, gadget, gimcrack, gimmick, gizmo, grist, guise, hand tool, holdings, implement, improvisation, instrument, intangible assets, intangibles, jury-rig, jury-rigged expedient, kitty, last expedient, last resort, last shift, life savings, line, line of action, lines, liquid assets, makeshift, maneuver, manner, manner of working, material assets, measure, mechanical device, method, methodology, mode, mode of operation, mode of procedure, modus operandi, moneys, move, nest egg, net assets, net worth, order, pecuniary resources, pis aller, pocket, pool, power tool, practice, precision tool, procedure, proceeding, process, property, purse, quick assets, reserves, resort, resource, resources, routine, savings, savings account, shake-up, shift, solution, speed tool, step, stock, stock-in-trade, stopgap, stratagem, stroke, stroke of policy, style, substance, supply, system, tack, tactic, tangible assets, tangibles, technique, temporary expedient, the drill, the how, the way of, tone, tool, treasure, trick, trump, unregistered bank account, utensil, way, wealth, wherewithal, wise, working hypothesis, working proposition
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