pathpath /pɑːθ $ pæθ/ ●●●S2W2 noun (plural paths /pɑːðz $ pæðz/) [countable] 🔊 🔊 1trackTTRROAD/PATH 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 house2way through somethingWAY/ROUTE the space ahead of you as you move alongpath through 🔊 Police cleared a path through the protesters. 🔊 Damian blocked their path.3directionWAY/ROUTE the direction or line along which something or someone is movingin something’s/somebody’s path 🔊 The tornado destroyed everything in its path.into the path of something 🔊 She walked into the path of an oncoming vehicle.4planWAY/METHOD a plan or series of actions that will help you achieve something, especially over a long period of time 🔊 a career pathpath 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 → beat a path (to somebody’s door)at beat1(16), → off the beaten pathat beaten(1), → flight path, → lead somebody up the garden pathat lead1(12), → stand in somebody’s pathat stand1(30)COLLOCATIONSverbsfollow a pathWe followed a path through the trees.take a path (=start going along it)Take the wide path to the right.keep to the pathThey kept carefully to the paths and did not go across the farmer's fields.a path leads somewhereThere are many paths leading to the top of the mountain.a path windsA narrow path wound down towards the beach.a path climbs (=goes upwards)I could see the line of a path that climbed up from the bay.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + pathnarrowWe walked along a narrow path beside a stream.steepA steep path led down to the harbour.muddyThey trudged up the muddy path.rockyOur guide trod carefully down the rocky path. windingHe climbed the winding path up the hill.well-worn (=used a lot or for a long time)I followed what seemed to be a well-worn path heading in the right direction.a garden pathEmma came running up the garden path.a coast/coastal/cliff pathFrom the cliff path, you get superb views out to sea.a cycle path (=for people riding bicycles)They should put a cycle path along the edge of each new road they build.a bridle path (=for people riding horses)He knows all the bridle paths through the woods.