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UK [ˈmeθəd] / US noun [countable/uncountable]
Word forms "method":
singular method plural methods
The methods that you use to do something are like tools and machines. The process of doing something is like using a machine. It takes years to learn the tools of the trade. We have a very efficient mechanism/apparatus for dealing with this. Some search engines are more powerful than others for retrieving information from the Web. It is an important part of the machinery of government. It is an effective instrument of government. We don't have much political leverage in this matter. I know very little about the internal workings of the company. Everything is running like clockwork. We're firing on all cylinders. You should set the wheels in motion now. We need to move up a gear. She engineered the public relations campaign. A method of doing something is like a road from one place to another. The process of doing something is like a journey. What's the best way of doing it? This is a certain route/path to success. Maybe we should try a different approach. We have explored several different avenues. He showed us what to do, step by step. This job is just a stepping-stone for me. There's a useful short cut that I can show you. We need to move things along a bit faster.
a way of doing something, especially a planned or established way

It was a handmade rug produced by traditional methods.

Farming methods haven't changed here for decades.

method of:

We are trying to develop new methods of pollution control.

method of doing something:

They have adopted an alternative method of financing the scheme.

method for doing something:

Vaccination is one of the most effective methods for preventing disease.

Adjectives frequently used with method
▪  effective, efficient, preferred, principal, reliable Verbs frequently used with method as the object ▪  adopt, apply, choose, develop, devise, employ, pioneer, provide, use

English dictionary. 2014.

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