a method, style or manner of doing sth
That's not the right way to hold a pair of scissors.
I'm not happy with this way of working.
I hate the way she always criticizes me.
I told you we should have done it my way !
Infectious diseases can be acquired in several ways.
I generally get what I want one way or another (= by some means) .
That's no way to speak to your mother!
It's not what you say, it's the way that you say it.
a particular manner or style of behaviour
They grinned at her in a friendly way .
It was not his way to admit that he had made a mistake.
Don't worry, if she seems quiet─ it's just her way .
He was showing off, as is the way with adolescent boys.
the typical way of behaving and living of a particular group of people
After ten years I'm used to the strange British ways.
a route or road that you take in order to reach a place
从甲地到乙地最好的 / 最快的 / 最近的路线
the best/quickest/shortest way from A to B
Can you tell me the way to Leicester Square?
to ask sb the way
We went the long way round .
the route along which sb/sth is moving; the route that sb/sth would take if there was nothing stopping them/it
Get out of my way! I'm in a hurry.
Riot police with shields were blocking the demonstrators' way.
We fought our way through the dense vegetation.
Unfortunately they ran into a snowstorm along the way.
a road, path or street for travelling along
There's a way across the fields.
used in the names of streets
106 Headley Way
a particular direction; in a particular direction
Which way did they go?
We just missed a car coming the other way .
Look both ways (= look left and right) before crossing the road.
Make sure that sign's the right way up .
Kids were running this way and that (= in all directions) .
They decided to split the money four ways (= between four different people) .
Which way (= for which party) are you going to vote?
a means of going into or leaving a place, such as a door or gate
入 / 出口
the way in/out
They escaped out the back way.
a distance or period of time between two points
A little way up on the left is the Museum of Modern Art.
September was a long way off .
The area's wine industry still has a way to go to full maturity.
You came all this way to see us?
We still have a ways to go .
an area, a part of a country, etc.
I think he lives somewhere over London way .
I'll stop by and see you next time I'm down your way .
a particular aspect of sth
I have changed in every way.
It's been quite a day, one way and another (= for several reasons) .
a particular condition or state
The economy's in a bad way .
I don't know how we're going to manage, the way things are .
on the other side of the street, etc.
Music blared from the open window of the house across the way.
during the whole journey/period of time
She didn't speak a word to me all the way back home.
completely; as much as it takes to achieve what you want
I'm fighting him all the way.
You can feel that the audience is with her all the way.
used to say that things often happen in a particular way, especially when it is not convenient
however you choose to look at a situation
of a person
to behave or do things in a particular manner because it is part of your character
It's not his fault he's so pompous─he was born that way.
to have habits or opinions that you have had for a long time and that you do not want to change
used to introduce a comment or question that is not directly related to what you have been talking about
By the way, I found that book you were looking for.
What's the time, by the way?
Oh by the way, if you see Jackie, tell her I'll call her this evening.
by a route that includes the place mentioned
The artist recently arrived in Paris from Bulgaria by way of Vienna.
She came to TV by way of drama school.
as a form of sth; for sth; as a means of sth
He received £600 by way of compensation from the company.
She rolled her eyes by way of an answer and left.
to happen to you by chance, or when you were not expecting it
He took whatever came his way.
of an action, argument, etc.
to have two opposite effects or results
used to say that it does not matter which one of two possibilities happens, is chosen or is true
Was it his fault or not? Either way, an explanation is due.
We could meet today or tomorrow─I don't mind one way or the other.
in all directions
Her hair tumbled every which way.
to become used to doing sth/to lose the habit of doing sth
The women had got into the way of going up on the deck every evening.
to prevent sb from doing sth; to prevent sth from happening
He wouldn't allow emotions to get in the way of him doing his job.
to get or do what you want, especially when sb has tried to stop you
She always gets her own way in the end.
to break or fall down
The pillars gave way and a section of the roof collapsed.
Her numb leg gave way beneath her and she stumbled clumsily.
to stop resisting sb/sth; to agree to do sth that you do not want to do
He refused to give way on any of the points.
to allow sb/sth to be or go first
Give way to traffic already on the roundabout.
to allow yourself to be very strongly affected by sth, especially an emotion
Flinging herself on the bed, she gave way to helpless misery.
to be replaced by sth
The storm gave way to bright sunshine.
to have full sexual intercourse with sb
（对做某事）帮助很大 / 不大，作用很大 / 不大
to help very much/a little in achieving sth
The new law goes a long way towards solving the problem.
to make a special effort to do sth
He would always go out of his way to be friendly towards her.
to do as you choose, especially when sb has advised you against it
It's best to let her go her own way if you don't want a fight.
to travel in the same direction as sb
I'm going your way─I'll walk with you.
to go well for you; to be in your favour
By the third round he knew the fight was going his way.
used to say in an angry way that although you are not happy about sth that sb has said, you are not going to argue
Oh OK, then. Have it your own way.
to have what you want, especially by opposing other people
used to say that sth often happens in a particular way, especially when it is out of your control
First love affairs have a way of not working out.
to be good at dealing with sb/sth
He has a way with small children.
She has a way with words (= is very good at expressing herself) .
to have or want to have the advantages of two different situations or ways of behaving that are impossible to combine
You can't have it both ways. If you can afford to go out all the time, you can afford to pay off some of your debts.
to persuade sb to have sex with you
大 / 小规模地
on a large/small scale
The new delivery service has taken off in a big way.
Many people are investing in a small way in the stock market.
used to show that a statement has more than one meaning
With the first goal he used his head in more ways than one.
in a manner that is appropriate to or typical of a person or thing but that may seem unusual to other people
I expect she does love you in her own way.
to some extent; not completely
In a way it was one of our biggest mistakes.
stopping sb from moving or doing sth
You'll have to move─you're in my way.
I left them alone, as I felt I was in the way.
used in questions and negative sentences to talk about the types of sth that are available
There isn't much in the way of entertainment in this place.
to avoid sb
to deliberately avoid seeing sb/sth
Prison officers know what's going on, but look the other way.
to become lost
We lost our way in the dark.
to forget or move away from the purpose or reason for sth
I feel that the project has lost its way.
to move or get somewhere; to make progress
Will you be able to make your own way to the airport (= get there without help, a ride, etc.) ?
Is this your plan for making your way in the world ?
to allow sb/sth to pass; to allow sb/sth to take the place of sb/sth
Make way for the Lord Mayor!
Tropical forest is felled to make way for grassland.
used to say that sb else has either to agree with your opinion or to leave
used to show that you are certain about sth
It was the wrong decision─there are no two ways about it.
used to say that there is no possibility that you will do sth or that sth will happen
‘Do you want to help?’ ‘No way!’
No way am I going to drive them there.
There's no way we could afford that sort of money.
going or coming
I'd better be on my way (= I must leave) soon.
The letter should be on its way to you.
during the journey
He stopped for breakfast on the way.
She grabbed her camera and bag on her way out.
of a baby
not yet born
They've got three kids and one on the way.
in the opposite position, direction or order
I think it should go on the other way round.
the opposite situation
I didn't leave you. It was the other way round (= you left me) .
no longer stopping sb from moving or doing sth
I moved my legs out of the way so that she could get past.
I didn't say anything until Dad was out of the way.
finished; dealt with
Our region is poised for growth once the election is out of the way.
used in negative sentences to mean ‘unusual’
She had obviously noticed nothing out of the way.
not on the route that you planned to take
I'd love a ride home─if it's not out of your way.
to find that it is possible or convenient to do sth
Small builders cannot see their way clear to take on many trainees.
to get an idea of what is likely to happen before doing sth
to (not) prevent sb from doing sth
If you believe you can make her happy, I won't stand in your way.
that is the situation and we cannot change it, so we must accept it
there are many different ways to achieve sth
in my opinion
Preparations are well under way for a week of special events in May.
the typical pattern of behaviour of a person or group
the American way of life
the way that most people behave; the way that things happen, which you cannot change
The rich and powerful make the decisions─that's the way of the world.
the methods and materials available for doing sth
ways and means of raising money
something that allows you to join a group of people, an industry, etc. that it is difficult to join, or to understand sth that it is difficult to understand
the way to make sb like or love you
The way to a man's heart is through his stomach (= by giving him good food) .
used to tell sb that you are pleased about sth they have done
Good work, guys! Way to go!
to have a job or series of jobs while studying, travelling, etc. in order to pay for your education, etc.
to do sth from beginning to end, especially when it takes a lot of time or effort
She worked her way through the pile of documents.
to move regularly to a more senior position in a company
He worked his way up from messenger boy to account executive.
to start to live or behave in a different way from before
to gradually achieve sth or move somewhere by using a lot of determination and effort
She clawed her way to the top of her profession.
Slowly, he clawed his way out from under the collapsed building.
to remove things that are stopping the progress or movement of sth
The ruling could clear the way for extradition proceedings.
to be easy compared to what came before
It's all downhill from here. We'll soon be finished.
to become worse or less successful
It's been all downhill for his career since then, with four defeats in five games.
I started work as a journalist and it was downhill all the way for my health.
to end a difficult situation by choosing the simplest solution even if it is not the best one
to realize or admit that you have done sth wrong and decide to change your behaviour
(to be/become) pregnant
to move along carefully, for example when it is dark, by touching walls, objects, etc.
to be careful about how you do things, usually because you are in a situation that you are not familiar with
She was new in the job, still feeling her way.
to discover the right route (to a place)
I hope you can find your way home.
by having an unpleasant experience or by making mistakes
She won't listen to my advice so she'll just have to learn the hard way .
in a safe place where sb/sth cannot be hurt or injured or do any damage to sb/sth
to be a sensible person
to be familiar with a place, subject, etc.
to make a lot of money easily and feel very pleased about it
to get yourself into or out of a situation by lying
by a great amount
to stop behaving badly
(to take/find) an acceptable course of action that avoids two extreme positions
to make it possible for sb to do sth or for sth to happen
used to say what normally happens in a particular situation
In the ordinary way, she's not a nervous person.
a point at which two people or groups of people decide to separate
to create a situation in which sb will be able to do sth or sth can happen
This decision paved the way for changes in employment rights for women.
of a business, etc.
to make enough money to pay what it costs to keep it going
The bridge is still not paying its way.
to walk carefully, choosing the safest, driest, etc. place to put your feet
She picked her way delicately over the rough ground.
to make sb annoyed or angry, often without intending to, by doing or saying sth that offends them
to end a relationship with sb
to go in a different direction from sb you have been travelling with
of any type
I don't approve of violence in any shape or form.
to do sth first so that other people can follow
to make it easier for sb/sth to develop or make progress
These negotiations are intended to smooth the path to a peace treaty.
how and when you want to, even though this might annoy other people
He always does the work, but in his own sweet time.
to be bisexual (= sexually attracted to both men and women)
to make excuses and give reasons for not doing sth; to manage to get yourself out of a difficult situation
I managed to talk my way out of having to give a speech.
to have nearly achieved sth and be going to achieve it soon
She is well on the way to recovery.
He is well on the way to establishing himself among the top ten players in the world.
if you really want to do sth then you will find a way of doing it
to be offended by a remark that was not intended to be offensive
used with a preposition or an adverb
very far; by a large amount
She finished the race way ahead of the other runners.
I must be going home; it's way past my bedtime.
The price is way above what we can afford.
They live way out in the suburbs.
This skirt is way (= a lot) too short.
I guessed that there would be a hundred people there, but I was way out (= wrong by a large amount).
a long time ago
I first met him way back in the 80s.