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    Thumbs down BY WAY OF

    Could "by way of" used with the meaning of "by means of"?

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    Re: BY WAY OF

    Yes, depending on CONTEXT.

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    Re: BY WAY OF

    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    by way of

    1 : by traveling through (a place) : via
    ▪ She came here from China by way of England.

    2 : for the purpose of giving, making, or doing (something specified)
    ▪ She said that many people are finding ways to improve their diets, and she mentioned her own family by way of example. [=as an example; in order to give an example]
    ▪ This vase is slightly discolored. By way of comparison [=in order to make a comparison], examine the vase on the left.
    Would it be okay to say "by means of" in place of "by way of" in each of these examples?

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