US: /ˈminz/
UK: /mˈiːnz/

English Vietnamese dictionary

  • danh từ
    • tiền bạc; của cải; tiềm lực
    • a man of means
    • danh từgười có của ăn của để; người giàu có
      • to live beyond/within one's means: tiêu xài quá/trong phạm vi mà mình có được hoặc kiếm được
      • she lacks the means to support a large family: bà ấy không đủ tiền bạc để chu cấp cho một gia đình đông con cái
      • a person of her means can afford it: mồtngươi giàu có như bà ấy có thể chu cấp cho việc đó
      • phương tiện; biện pháp; cách thức
        • to use illegal means to get a passport: dùng cách thức bất hợp pháp để có được hộ chiếu
        • means of communication: phương tiện giao thông
        • means of living: kế sinh nhai
        • to earn one's living by honest means: kiếm sống một cách lương thiện
        • there is no means of saving his life: chẳng có cách nào cứu được hắn
        • all possible means have been tried: đã thử hết các biện pháp có thể được
        • by all means: vâng; tất nhiên; chắc chắn rồi
        • May I see your identification papers? - By all means: Cho tôi xem giấy tờ của ông - Vâng, tất nhiên rồi
        • by fair means or foul: bằng mọi cách
        • by means of something: bằng phương tiện gì đó
        • to lift the load by means of a crane: nâng tải trọng bằng cần trục
        • by no manner of means; by no means; not by any means: không chút nào; không tí nào
        • She's by no means poor : In fact, she's quite rich: Bà ấy chẳng nghèo tí nào : Thực ra, bà ấy giàu lắm
        • the end justifies the means: cứu cánh biện minh cho phương tiện
        • a means to an end: phương tiện để đạt cứu cánh

    Advanced English dictionary

    + noun (plural means)
    1 [C] ~ (of doing sth / of sth) an action, an object or a system by which a result is achieved; a way of achieving or doing sth: Television is an effective means of communication. + Is there any means of contacting him? + Have you any means of identification? + We needed to get to London but we had no means of transport.
    2 [pl.] the money that a person has: People should pay according to their means. + He doesn't have the means to support a wife and child. + Private school fees are beyond the means of most people (= more than they can afford). + Are the monthly repayments within your means (= can you afford them)? + Try to live within your means (= not spend more money than you have). + a man of means (= a rich man)
    Idioms: by all means (spoken) used to say that you are very willing for sb to have sth or do sth: 'Do you mind if I have a look?' 'By all means.'
    by means of sth (formal) with the help of sth: The load was lifted by means of a crane.
    by no means
    not by any (manner of) means not at all: She is by no means an inexperienced teacher. + We haven't won yet, not by any means.
    a means to an end a thing or action that is not interesting or important in itself but is a way of achieving sth else: He doesn't particularly like the work but he sees it as a means to an end.
    more at END n., FAIR adj., WAY n.

    Thesaurus dictionary

    See mean, 4, above.
    See meanwhile below.
    1 interim, meantime, interval:
    In the meanwhile, you could study for the exam.
    2 in the meanwhile, meantime, in the meantime, in the interim, for the moment, temporarily, for now, for the time being, during the interval, in the intervening time:
    Ruth was watching TV; meanwhile George was washing up.

    Collocation dictionary

    1 method of doing sth


    appropriate, best, effective, efficient, reliable, useful
    an effective means of mass communication
    | necessary, possible, practicable
    We will use every possible means to achieve our objective.
    | alternative, other
    War is famously ‘the continuation of policy by other means’.
    | conventional, traditional | legal, legitimate


    We have no means of knowing how they will react.
    | use | offer (sb), provide (sb with)
    My English teacher provided me with the means to enjoy reading poetry.
    | devise
    Can you devise a means of overcoming the problem?


    by ~ (of)
    The stone was lifted by means of a rope and pulley.
    | through ~
    They cannot achieve their goal through legal means.
    | ~ for
    the means for achieving happiness
    | ~ of
    a means of access/communication/transport a means of getting what you want


    a means to an end
    He saw his education merely as a means to an end.
    | by fair means or foul, by no means/not by any means
    (= not at all),
    ways and means
    There are ways and means of raising money.

    2 money/wealth


    independent, private
    She must have independent means to live in such style.
    | limited, moderate, modest, slender | visible
    people who lack visible means of support


    have | lack


    Eligibility for the benefit was determined by a means test.


    according to your ~
    (= according to what you can afford),
    beyond your ~
    Private school fees are beyond the means of most people (= more than they can afford).
    | within your ~
    (= according to what you can afford)She finds it difficult to live within her means.


    a man/woman of means
    (= a rich man/woman)

    Concise English dictionary

    +how a result is obtained or an end is achieved
    +an instrumentality for accomplishing some end
    +considerable capital (wealth or income)

    +an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n
    +mean or intend to express or convey
    +have as a logical consequence
    +denote or connote
    +have in mind as a purpose
    +have a specified degree of importance
    +intend to refer to
    +destine or designate for a certain purpose
    +approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value
    +characterized by malice
    +having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality
    +marked by poverty befitting a beggar
    +(used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity
    +(used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt
    +of no value or worth