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Topic: ROADS

Language: Old English
Origin: pæth

path

noun
     
path S2 W2 plural paths [countable]
1

track

TTR a track that has been made deliberately or made by many people walking over the same ground:
I walked nervously up the garden path towards the front door.
a well-worn path across the grass
Follow the path along the river to the bridge.
a path leading to the summer house
2

way through something

the space ahead of you as you move along
path through
Police cleared a path through the protesters.
Damian blocked their path.
3

direction

the direction or line along which something or someone is moving
into the path of something
She walked into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
4

plan

a plan or series of actions that will help you achieve something, especially over a long period of time:
a career path
path to freedom/success/independence etc
She saw a college degree as her path to success.
the same/a different path
I hope you will choose a different path.
5

somebody's paths cross

if two people's paths cross, they meet by chance:
Our paths did not cross again.

➔ beat a path (to somebody's door)

at beat1 (16)

➔ off the beaten path

at beaten (1)
flight path

➔ lead somebody up the garden path

at lead1 (12)

➔ stand in somebody's path

at stand1 (30)
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