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Anonymous:Hello, everyone! I met a sentence which I don't quite understand. It says "Work is a means to an end." Can anyone tell me what it means? Thanks in advance!
Anonymous:a means to an end
something that you are not interested in but that you do because it will help you to achieve something else. Mike doesn't have any professional ambitions. For him, work is just a means to an end. (not used with the)
See also: end , mean
Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms © Cambridge University Press 1998
a means to an end
something done to achieve something else. You may get tired of regular physical exercise, but it's simply a means to an end.
See also: end , mean
Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms © Cambridge University Press 2003
Anonymous:Think of it in this way:
Means is defined as an instrument to accomplish some end; End is defined as a result of using the means. So, if we were to put them together, we would say that something is an instrument (means) to obtain some result (end).
Hope this will help...
Anonymous:In philosophy, it means that you are using someone to achieve certain objectives. It's like treating someone as a 'stepping stone'.
Anonymous:This is the best answer.
Anonymous:It means simply that it work is used to reach a goal....
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