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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: methodus, from Greek methodos, from meta- ( META-) + hodos 'way'

method

noun
     
meth‧od S1 W1
1 [countable] a planned way of doing something, especially one that a lot of people know about and use:
traditional teaching methods
I think we should try again using a different method.
method of/for (doing) something
Today's methods of birth control make it possible for a couple to choose whether or not to have a child.
effective methods for the storage and retrieval of information
2 [uncountable] formal a well-organized and well-planned way of doing something:
There's no method in the way they do their accounts.
3

there's method in/to somebody's madness

used to say that even though someone seems to be behaving strangely, there is a sensible reason for what they are doing

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