Definition of method noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmeθəd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmeθəd//
    Experiments and research
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  1. 1  [countable] a particular way of doing something method (of something) a reliable/effective/scientific method of data analysis method (of doing something) a new method of solving the problem traditional/alternative methods method (for something/for doing something) the best method for arriving at an accurate prediction of the costs see also direct method See related entries: Experiments and research
  2. 2[uncountable] the quality of being well planned and organized
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘prescribed medical treatment for a disease’): via Latin from Greek methodos ‘pursuit of knowledge’, from meta- (expressing development) + hodos ‘way’.Extra examples How does this method work? New production methods have been invented. This illustrates how experimental methods can be used to explore these issues. This is the best method of settling such arguments. This method employs computer software to guide the interviewers through the questionnaire. This method involves cutting a very thin slice from the object. We can apply these methods to a wide range of problems. Which method is the most effective? a range of contraceptive methods an alternative method for resolving disputes an indirect method of estimating a taxpayer’s income improved teaching methods and better interaction with students modern farming methods the method adopted by the party for the selection of its candidates the preferred method of testing for each nutrient He’s quite critical of modern teaching methods. The best solution is to combine both methods. The class discussed both the form and method of the poem. There are various methods of dealing with this problem. There has been strong criticism of the methods employed by US troops in the area. There’s very little method in his approach. This is a simpler method for making bread. Traditional methods no longer work. We have to apply some method to this investigation.Idioms
    there’s (a) method in somebody’s madness
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    there is a reason for somebody’s behaviour and it is not as strange or as stupid as it seems
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