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Definition of way adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1  (used with a preposition or an adverb) very far; by a large amount She finished the race way ahead of the other runners. I have to get 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).
  2. 2(used with an adjective) (informal) very Things just got way difficult. I'm way glad to hear that.
  3. Idioms
    way back (in…)
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    a long time ago I first met him way back in the 80s. Way back, when he was a boy, he had lived on a farm in Kansas.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: way