Definition of via in English:



  • 1Travelling through (a place) en route to a destination.

    ‘they came to Europe via Turkey’
    • ‘If the Congress is to rule on its own strength in times to come it must travel via Uttar Pradesh.’
    • ‘The road was closed for five hours and traffic diverted via Longborough.’
    • ‘She was quite the pro without knowing it, and when she travelled to London she would come back via Paris.’
    • ‘Entry to the field is via a forestry road and will be sign-posted from the A170.’
    • ‘The huge flat and hard sands at low tide could have persuaded the Germans to mount attacks via Southern Ireland.’
    • ‘After another night halt there, the Minister will fly to Nagpur via Naded and Akola.’
    • ‘Motorists can travel in and out of Bolton town centre via Blackburn Road as an alternative.’
    • ‘Any Haxby-based fans can be dropped off after that, as the coaches return to their depots via the village.’
    • ‘Tomorrow we are travelling home via Harrogate where we will call to see Daisy's other sister Janet.’
    • ‘He lived in Borisy and worked in Brest, travelling to and fro by train via the station at Domachevo.’
    • ‘She was then trying to leave via the George section of the supermarket.’
    • ‘Travellers must still come home via Malaysia's capital, but the connections are easy.’
    • ‘Exit from the showground will be via Ribchester Bridge and up Barker Brow to the A59.’
    • ‘The yacht will be taken to her destination via the Kiel Canal and a number of Baltic ports.’
    • ‘By then it is believed the pair had already flown to Paris, via Heathrow.’
    • ‘The 1,300 million litres of water will be moved to Haweswater reservoir via a temporary weir.’
    • ‘They've ended up travelling twelve hours later, and going via the Channel Tunnel instead.’
    • ‘Reid appears to have travelled to Belgium via the Netherlands with the same aim in mind.’
    • ‘Previously, passengers were forced to travel via Heathrow or other hub airports.’
    • ‘A mile or so later we emerged at the golden sands and slipped onto the Island of Llanddwyn via a sand cause-way.’
    1. 1.1 By way of; through.
      ‘most people buy a home with a mortgage via a building society’
      • ‘He donated it straight back to the community via a nearby sports club.’
      • ‘Acting on his own initiative, he offered to settle any differences between the Diary and his union via a square go.’
      • ‘Brown judges success by statistics showing how much cash has been taken from high earners to the poor via tax credits.’
      • ‘And you have condemned countless numbers of your own citizens to death via the death penalty.’
      • ‘Anti-racism announcements were also made via the club's public address system on match days.’
      • ‘However, Dobie's effort was cleared off the line via the underside of the crossbar by Chris Powell.’
      • ‘Getting studious and getting ahead via training is a simultaneous theme.’
      • ‘Sure Byron has the sea, and draws major domestic and international tourism via it.’
      • ‘This means people who access benefits via a card account cannot do so.’
      • ‘Doctors have finally reached the medical conclusion that the easiest way to cure baldness is via hair donors.’
      • ‘Another popular means of making regular donations is via payroll giving.’
      • ‘Around three out of every five mortgages are arranged via mortgage brokers.’
      • ‘It is only the very young or the very sheltered who don't realise that evil is repaid even if it is via the loss of peace within our own minds.’
      • ‘Most of the policies were sold via mortgage brokers who recommended the firm to house purchasers.’
      • ‘Daily now, postwoman Julie Harris is delivering a handful of cards for him, via his minders on the ground.’
      • ‘Challenging books, continues Fraser, become more accessible via the parental voice.’
      • ‘The promoter indicated via the media that ticket holders would be refunded their money.’
      • ‘It is very galling that, after staff raised the cash via a tombola and a raffle, someone should just come and take them.’
      • ‘I give her medications via this tube as well, so you've got to crush it up and dissolve with this.’
      • ‘If you're travelling via coach, then a refreshment hamper is packed into the hold.’
      into and out of, to the far side of, to the other side of, from one side of … to the other, from end to end of, between, past, by, down, along, across, by way of, via
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    2. 1.2 By means of.
      ‘a file sent via electronic mail’
      • ‘A number of surgeries now send out reminders via text messages of upcoming appointments.’
      • ‘The idea is simply to send someone ten questions via email which they are asked to respond to at a length of their choice.’
      • ‘I will then finish editing it overnight, ready to send it off via express post on Friday.’
      • ‘If you follow the scheme above, you can send a message anonymously via a Web-based account.’
      • ‘I have very little face-to-face contact with the team at the office as I send my articles in via email.’
      • ‘Before I go I just want to say thank you for all the birthday wishes you sent either via comments or email.’
      • ‘In the manner of proper celebrities, he couldn't be at the event in person, so sent a message via the web instead.’
      • ‘If the addressee is on another PC then the text is sent via the resident network.’
      • ‘Last night Robertson was still filing stories via videophone from Kandahar in the north of the country.’
      • ‘These should be no more than 850 words and should be sent electronically via our website.’
      • ‘I'm not usually the kind of person who publicises the private contents of emails sent to me via this site.’
      • ‘The files are automatically compressed so they're small enough to send via email.’
      • ‘They were then sent out via private courier or by the normal postal service.’
      • ‘According to recent estimates, spam accounts for more than seven in ten of all emails sent via the net.’
      • ‘It can also be used to insert adverts in emails sent via Internet-based accounts.’
      • ‘The flaws could be used to create a virus that spreads through a Web link sent via e-mail messages.’
      • ‘If the file is to large to send via email, you're left trying to find other ways to send it.’
      • ‘If anyone has any further information on this incident send it via email as comments are closed on this post.’
      • ‘Messages can also be sent via email by completing an online form here.’
      • ‘Said missive was sent not via e-mail, but left in Lyle's comments box for all the world to see.’
      by means of, by use of, by virtue of, on account of, as a result of, as a consequence of, owing to, by reason of, on grounds of, on the strength of, due to, thanks to, by, via
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Late 18th century: from Latin, ablative of via ‘way, road’.