Definition of path noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    path

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//pæθ//
     
    (pl. paths
    NAmE//pæðz//
     
    , NAmE//pæθs//
     
    )
    (also pathway)
     
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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
  2. 2a line along which someone or something moves; the space in front of someone or 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. 3a plan of action or a way of achieving something a career path the path to success
  4. Idioms
    beat a path to somebody's door
     
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    if a lot of people beat a path to someone'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 someone crosses someone'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 down the garden path
     
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    to make someone believe something that is not true synonym mislead
    the primrose path(literary)
     
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    an easy life that is full of pleasure but that causes you harm in the end
    the primrose path(literary)
     
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    an easy life that is full of pleasure but that causes you harm in the end
    smooth the path/way
     
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    to make it easier for someone or 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.
    stray from the path
     
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    to behave or think in ways that are not acceptable to the people around you He's an artist who chose to stray from the path.
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