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ways  (wāz),USA pronunciation n. (used with a sing. v.)
  • way (defs. 7, 14, 20a).
    • Middle English weyes, Old English weges, genitive singular of weg way1

    -ways, 
  • a suffix appearing in native English adverbs:always; sideways.
    • see way1, -s1 Middle English

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    -ways, suffix. 
  • -ways is used to form adjectives or adverbs with the meaning "in a certain direction, manner, or position'':sideways.

  • WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
    way1 /weɪ/USA pronunciation   n. 
      [countable]
    1. manner, mode, or fashion:a new way of looking at a matter; He always answers in a polite way.
    2. a characteristic or habitual manner of acting, living, etc.:[usually singular]Being grouchy and snappy is just his way.
    3. a method or means for gaining something or achieving a goal:found a way to save money.
    4. a respect or particular:This plan is defective in several ways.
    5. a direction or vicinity:He went that way.
    6. passage or progress on a course:Lead the way.
    7. Often,  ways. [plural] distance:a long way from home.
    8. a path or course:the shortest way to town.
    9. one's preferred manner of acting or doing:He always gets his own way.
    10. condition;
      state:He's in a bad way.
    11. the range or extent of one's experience or notice:That's the best idea that's come my way.
    12. space for passing or advancing:The police cleared a way through the crowd.
    Idioms
    1. along the way, while proceeding:We had a few problems along the way.
    2. Idiomsby the way, incidentally:By the way, have you received that letter I wrote you?
    3. Idiomsby way of: 
      • by the route of;
        through:They flew to Cairo by way of Algiers.
    4. Idiomsgive way: 
      • to withdraw or retreat:The infantry gave way when the enemy tanks advanced.
      • to break down;
        collapse:During the earthquake, the walls gave way.
    5. Idiomsgive way to, [+ object]
      • to yield to:He gave way to their requests.
      • to lose control of (one's temper, emotions, etc.):The king gave way to his anger.
    6. Idioms, Slang Termsgo all the way: 
      • to do or finish something completely.
      • [Informal.]to be in complete agreement with someone or something.
      • [Informal.]to engage in sexual intercourse.
    7. Idiomsgo out of one's way, to make an extra or unusual effort, as to do someone a favor.
    8. Idiomshave a way with, [+ object] to have a charming, persuasive, or effective manner of dealing with:He has a way with children.
    9. Idiomshave one's way with, [+ object] to coerce into having sexual intercourse.
    10. Idiomsin a way, after a fashion;
      to some extent;
      somewhat:He's nice in a way.
    11. Idiomsin someone's way or  in the way, blocking;
      preventing passage;
      being a hindrance, impediment, or obstruction.
    12. Idiomslead the way: 
      • to go along a course or direction ahead of or in advance of others, as a guide does.
      • to take the first step in something;
        be first or most prominent:In fashion she has always led the way.
    13. Idiomsmake one's way: 
      • to go forward along a course;
        proceed.
      • to achieve recognition or success;
        advance:making one's way in the world.
    14. Idiomsmake way, to remove things that block passage, as by standing aside:Make way for the motorcade.
    15. Idioms, Informal Termsno way, [Informal.]not under any circumstances;
      no:You want me to apologize? No way!
    16. on the way, during (a journey):They stopped off in Maine on the way to Canada.
    17. Idiomsout of the way: 
      • in a state or condition so as not to obstruct or hinder:Step out of the way and let me handle that.
      • dealt with;
        taken care of:One problem is out of the way.
      • at a distance from the usual route:The house is well out of the way on a back road.
    18. Idiomssee one's way (clear), to see nothing that would block or prevent doing something:Can you see your way clear to lending me $100?
    19. Idiomsunder way: 
      • Idiomsin motion;
        traveling:When does the train get under way?
      • Idiomsin progress;
        proceeding:Our plans are well under way.


    way2 /weɪ/USA pronunciation   adv. 
    1. Also, 'way. away or far;
      to a great degree or at quite a distance:That trunk is way too heavy for you to lift. The house is way down the road.

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
    way1  (wā),USA pronunciation n. 
    1. manner, mode, or fashion:a new way of looking at a matter; to reply in a polite way.
    2. characteristic or habitual manner:Her way is to work quietly and never complain.
    3. a method, plan, or means for attaining a goal:to find a way to reduce costs.
    4. a respect or particular:The plan is defective in several ways.
    5. a direction or vicinity:Look this way. We're having a drought out our way.
    6. passage or progress on a course:to make one's way on foot; to lead the way.
    7. Often,  ways. distance:They've come a long way.
    8. a path or course leading from one place to another:What's the shortest way to town?
    9. British Terms
      • an old Roman or pre-Roman road:Icknield Way.
      • a minor street in a town:He lives in Stepney Way.
    10. a road, route, passage, or channel (usually used in combination):highway;waterway;doorway.
    11. Lawa right of way.
    12. any line of passage or travel, used or available:to blaze a way through dense woods.
    13. space for passing or advancing:to clear a way through the crowd.
    14. Often,  ways. a habit or custom:The grandmother lived by the ways of the old country.
    15. course or mode of procedure that one chooses or wills:They had to do it my way.
    16. condition, as to health, prosperity, or the like:to be in a bad way.
    17. range or extent of experience or notice:the best device that ever came in my way.
    18. a course of life, action, or experience:The way of transgressors is hard.
    19. Informal Termsbusiness:to be in the haberdashery way.
    20. [Naut.]
      • Nauticalways, two or more ground ways down which a hull slides in being launched.
      • Nauticalmovement or passage through the water.
    21. Mechanical Engineering[Mach.]a longitudinal strip, as in a planer, guiding a moving part along a surface.
    22. by the way, in the course of one's remarks;
      incidentally:By the way, have you received that letter yet?
    23. by way of: 
      • by the route of;
        through;
        via.
      • as a method or means of:to number articles by way of distinguishing them.
      • British Termsin the state or position of (being, doing, etc.);
        ostensibly:He is by way of being an authority on the subject.
    24. come one's way, to come to one;
      befall one:A bit of good fortune came my way.
    25. give way: 
      • to withdraw or retreat:The army gave way before the advance of the enemy.
      • to collapse;
        yield;
        break down:You will surely give way under the strain of overwork.
    26. give way to: 
      • to yield to:He gave way to their entreaties.
      • to become unrestrained or uninhibited;
        lose control of (one's temper, emotions, etc.):I gave way to my rage and ordered them from the house.
    27. Slang Termsgo all the way: 
      • to do completely or wholeheartedly.
      • to take a decisive action, esp. one from which no retreat is possible:Neither side wants to go all the way with nuclear warfare.
      • to engage in sexual intercourse.
    28. go out of one's way, to do something that inconveniences one;
      make an unusual effort:Please don't go out of your way on my account.
    29. have a way with, to have a charming, persuasive, or effective manner of dealing with:He has a way with children; to have a way with words.
    30. have one's way with, (esp. of a man) to have sexual intercourse with, sometimes by intimidating or forcing one's partner.
    31. in a family way, pregnant.
    32. in a way, after a fashion;
      to some extent:In a way, she's the nicest person I know.
    33. in someone's way, forming a hindrance, impediment, or obstruction:She might have succeeded in her ambition, had not circumstances been in her way.Also,  in the way. 
    34. lead the way: 
      • to go along a course in advance of others, as a guide.
      • to take the initiative;
        be first or most prominent:In fashion she has always led the way.
    35. make one's way: 
      • to go forward;
        proceed:to make one's way through the mud.
      • to achieve recognition or success;
        advance:to make one's way in the world.
    36. make way: 
      • to allow to pass;
        clear the way:Make way for the king!
      • to relinquish to another;
        withdraw:He resigned to make way for a younger man.
      • [Naut.]to make forward or astern progress even though engines are not running.
    37. Informal Termsno way, not under any circumstances;
      no:Apologize to him? No way!
    38. out of the way: 
      • in a state or condition so as not to obstruct or hinder.
      • dealt with;
        disposed of:I feel better, now that one problem is out of the way.
      • murdered:to have a person put out of the way.
      • out of the frequented way;
        at a distance from the usual route.
      • improper;
        amiss:There was something decidedly out of the way about her explanation.
      • extraordinary;
        unusual:Such behavior was out of the way for him.
    39. pave the way to or  for. See  pave (def. 2).
    40. see one's way clear, to regard as suitable or possible;
      consider seriously:We couldn't see our way clear to spending so much money at once.Also,  see one's way. 
    41. take one's way, to start out;
      travel;
      go:He took his way across the park and headed uptown.
    wayless, adj. 
    • bef. 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
      • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged scheme, device. See  method. 
      • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged detail, part.
      • 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged space, interval.
      • 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged track.
      • 14.See corresponding entry in Unabridged usage, practice, wont.

    way2 (wā),USA pronunciation  adv. 
    1. Also, 'way. away;
      from this or that place:Go way.
    2. to a great degree or at quite a distance;
      far:way too heavy; way down the road.
    • Middle English, aphetic variant of away 1175–1225

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    -ways suffix forming adverbs
    1. indicating direction or manner: sideways
    Etymology: Old English weges, literally: of the way, from weg way
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