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This page has 8 definitions of method in English. Method is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use method in a sentence are shown. Also define these 22 related words and terms: process, task, completed, adposition, of, to, for, acting, method acting, object-oriented programming, subroutine, function, class, object, member function, marijuana, instruction, book, mold, skateboarding, snowboarding, and method air.



  • IPA(key): /ˈmɛθəd/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛθəd
  • Hyphenation: meth‧od

Etymology 1

From Middle French methode, from Latin methodus, from Ancient Greek μέθοδος (méthodos).


method (countable and uncountable, plural methods)

  1. A process by which a task is completed; a way of doing something (followed by the adposition of, to or for before the purpose of the process).
    If one method doesn't work, you should ask a friend to help you.
    • c. 1599–1602 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene ii], page 261, column 2:
      Though this be madneſſe, / Yet there is Method in 't: []
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 3, in The Mirror and the Lamp[1]:
      He at once secured attention by his informal method, and when presently the coughing of Jarvis [] interrupted the sermon, he altogether captivated his audience with a remark about cough lozenges being cheap and easily procurable.
    • 2013 May-June, William E. Conner, “An Acoustic Arms Race”, in American Scientist[2], volume 101, number 3, page 206-7:
      Many insects probably use this strategy, which is a close analogy to crypsis in the visible world—camouflage and other methods for blending into one’s visual background.
    • Completed definition
      simple past tense and past participle of complete
    • Of definition
      Expressing distance or motion.
      1. From (of distance, direction), "off".
      2. Since, from (a given time, earlier state etc.).
      3. From, away from (a position, number, distance etc.). (1 of 52 of definitions)
  2. (acting, often "the method") A technique for acting based on the ideas articulated by Konstantin Stanislavski and focusing on authentically experiencing the inner life of the character being portrayed.
    Synonym: method acting
    • 1989, Kenneth Branagh, Beginning, London: Chatto & Windus, →ISBN, page 64:
      In this case, the application of the famous method was a little shaky. To be fair, the director was dealing with a pretty stroppy cast.
    • Method Acting definition
      An acting technique in which the actor fully immerses themselves into the character they are playing.
  3. (object-oriented programming) A subroutine or function belonging to a class or object.
    Synonym: member function
    • 2006, David A. Black; David Heinemeier Hansson, Ruby for Rails: Ruby Techniques for Rails Developers, Manning, →ISBN, page 101:
      When you call the method, you provide values corresponding to these variables in your method call.
    • Subroutine definition
      A section of code, called by the main body of a program, that implements a task.
    • Member Function definition
      A function that belongs to a class and can be called on instances of the object defined by that class.
  4. (slang) Marijuana.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:marijuana
  5. (dated) An instruction book systematically arranged.
    • Book definition
      A collection of sheets of paper bound together to hinge at one edge, containing printed or written material, pictures, etc. (1 of 17 book definitions)
process by which a task is completed
(programming, object-oriented): subroutine or function of a class or object


method (third-person singular simple present methods, present participle methoding, simple past and past participle methoded)

  1. (transitive) To apply a method to.
  2. (casting, by extension, transitive) To apply particular treatment methods to (a mold).
    The company employs extensive use of 3D modelling combined with solidification simulation to ensure that critical castings are properly methoded.

Etymology 2



method (plural methods)

  1. (skateboarding, snowboarding) Ellipsis of method air..
    • Method Air definition
      A trick where the boarder grabs the heel edge of the board with their front hand, between their feet, and then pulls the board towards their back, while arching their back and bending knees.