- 1[singular] (formal) the way that something is done or happens She answered in a businesslike manner. The manner in which the decision was announced was extremely regrettable.
- 2[singular] the way that someone behaves and speaks toward other people to have an aggressive/a friendly/a relaxed manner His manner was polite but cool. see also bedside manner
- 3 manners [plural] behavior that is considered to be polite in a particular society or culture to have good/bad manners It is bad manners to talk with your mouth full. He has no manners (= behaves very badly). She could at least have the manners to let me know she won't be able to attend. see also table manners
- 4 manners [plural] (formal) the habits and customs of a particular group of people the social morals and manners of the seventeenth century Idioms
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many different types of people or things The problem can be solved in all manner of ways. He enjoyed interacting with all manner of people.
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in a style that is typical of someone or something a painting in the manner of Raphael
in the manner of somebody/something (formal)jump to other results
if you think about it in a particular way; true in some but not all ways All these points of view are related, in a manner of speaking.
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as if something is natural for you and you have done it many times in the past She adapted to life on the estate as if to the manner born.
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what kind of… What manner of man could do such a terrible thing?
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