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



    BrE BrE//pɑːθ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pæθ//
    (pl. paths
    BrE BrE//pɑːðz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pæðz//
    (also pathway) In the garden
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  1. 1  a way or track that is built or is made by the action of people walking a concrete path the garden path Follow the path through the woods. to walk along a path The path led up a steep hill. a coastal path see also footpath See related entries: In the garden
  2. 2  [usually singular] a line along which somebody/something moves; the space in front of somebody/something as they move synonym way He threw himself into the path of an oncoming vehicle. The avalanche forced its way down the mountain, crushing everything in its path. Three men blocked her path. see also flight path
  3. 3  a plan of action or a way of achieving something a career path the path to success
  4. Word OriginOld English pæth, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch pad, German Pfad, of unknown ultimate origin.Idioms
    beat a path to somebody’s door
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    if a lot of people beat a path to somebody’s door, they are all interested in something that person has to sell, or can do or tell them Top theatrical agents are beating a path to the teenager's door.
    cross somebody’s path, people’s paths cross
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    if somebody crosses somebody’s path or their paths cross, they meet by chance I hope I never cross her path again. Our paths were to cross again many years later.
    lead somebody up/down the garden path
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    to make somebody believe something which is not true
    (literary) an easy life that is full of pleasure but that causes you harm in the end to make it easier for somebody/something to develop or make progress These negotiations are intended to smooth the path to a peace treaty. We’re trying to smooth the way for women who want to resume their careers.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: path