Definition of 'means'
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Political change was merely the means to that end. Times, Sunday Times (2017)But the massive amounts of money available means sources can often include reluctant sellers and penniless villagers. The Sun (2015)Study for you is a means to an end. Christianity Today (2000)All that money means is that you can have some nice pictures on the wall. Times, Sunday Times (2007)You are to use all means at your disposal to get them back. Dusty Warriors: Modern Soldiers at War (2006)We have to show the dignity of our ambitions and sometimes that means fighting until the end. The Sun (2010)The way you dress means something bigger and more political though? Times, Sunday Times (2014)Yet figures show it could cost more to set up the means testing than it would save. Times, Sunday Times (2013)He implored his army of volunteers to get voters to the caucuses tomorrow by any means possible. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Some will think the end justifies the means. The Sun (2011)They must at last provide a means of defence to civilians who have none. Times, Sunday Times (2013)For many it epitomised the callousness of leaders who for years have regarded power as a means of making money. Times, Sunday Times (2014)It refuses to admit that it could possibly be wrong or could possibly use the wrong means to its end. MANAGING IN TURBULENT TIMES (1980)Life is bleak without love: perhaps that means life is bleak without grief. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Everyone knows life no longer means life, no matter how serious the crime. The Sun (2006)The gentle irony is there, but directed at the subject matter rather than the means of production. Times, Sunday Times (2007)They saw sniping as a means of fighting for their country and making a difference on a one-to-one basis. THE HUNTING OF MAN (2004)The latter means, of course, would be preferable. Middlemarch (1872)The'tax' means tenants may lose part of their housing benefit if they have spare bedrooms. The Sun (2013)And these proposals are, of course, a means to an end. THE AGE OF CONSENT (2003)
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Translations for 'means'
British English: means /miːnz/ NOUN
You can refer to the money that someone has as their means.
The service is available to all, regardless of means.
- American English: means
- Arabic: وَسَائِلُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: meios
- Chinese: 财富
- Croatian: sredstva
- Czech: prostředky
- Danish: middel
- Dutch: inkomen
- European Spanish: medio recurso
- Finnish: väline
- French: moyens
- German: Mittel
- Greek: τα μέσα
- Italian: mezzi
- Japanese: 手段
- Korean: 수단
- Norwegian: midler
- Polish: środki
- European Portuguese: meios
- Romanian: posibilități financiare
- Russian: средства
- Spanish: medio método para obtener un resultado
- Swedish: medel sätt
- Thai: วิธี
- Turkish: yol
- Ukrainian: статки
- Vietnamese: phương tiện
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