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vi•a /ˈvaɪə, ˈviə/USA pronunciation  prep. 
  1. by a route that touches or passes through;
    by way of:They came to Tangiers via Casablanca.
  2. by the agency or instrumentality of; by means of:to communicate via sign language.
  3. See -via-.
-via-, root. 

    -via- comes from Latin, where it has the meaning "way;
    route;
    a going.'' This meaning is found in such words as: deviant, devious, obviate, trivial, via, viaduct.


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via /ˈvaɪə/ prep
  1. by way of; by means of; through: to London via Paris
Etymology: 18th Century: from Latin viā, from via way



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