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



    BrE BrE//məʊd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//moʊd//
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  1. 1[countable] a particular way of doing something; a particular type of something a mode of communication a mode of behaviour environment-friendly modes of transport
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] the way in which a piece of equipment is set to perform a particular task Switch the camera into the automatic mode. You can also use this computer game in two-player mode.
  3. 3[uncountable] a particular way of feeling or behaving to be in holiday mode
  4. 4[countable, usually singular] a particular style or fashion in clothes, art, etc. a pop video made by a director who really understands the mode see also à la mode, modish
  5. 5 [singular] (specialist) a set of notes in music which form a scale major/minor mode
  6. 6[singular] (mathematics) the value that appears most frequently in a series of numbers
  7. Word Originlate Middle English (in the musical and grammatical senses): from Latin modus ‘measure’, from an Indo-European root shared by mete; compare with mood in its grammatical sense.Extra examples He had no intention of changing his mode of attire. Most digital cameras have an automatic mode. Switch from ‘receive’ mode to ‘transmit’ mode. The machine is in its ‘suspend’ mode. The phone displays a clock when in standby mode. Their main mode of subsistence is hunting. They’re in crisis mode at the moment. Try using some other mode of organization. Walking was his preferred mode of travel. Everyone is categorized in the same mode. He continued, but in a less aggressive mode. Try to get out of this mode of thinking. Under feudalism, the dominant mode of production was based on the ownership of land. What do you think of her mode of dress?
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mode