identical

adjective
iden·​ti·​cal | \ ī-ˈden-ti-kəl How to pronounce identical (audio) , ə- \

Definition of identical

1 : being the same : selfsame the identical place we stopped before
2 : having such close resemblance as to be essentially the same identical hats often used with to or with
3a : having the same cause or origin identical infections

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Other Words from identical

identically \ ī-​ˈden-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce identically (audio) , ə-​ \ adverb
identicalness \ ī-​ˈden-​ti-​kəl-​nəs How to pronounce identicalness (audio) , ə-​ \ noun

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same, selfsame, very, identical, equivalent, equal mean not different or not differing from one another. same may imply and selfsame always implies that the things under consideration are one thing and not two or more things. took the same route derived from the selfsame source very, like selfsame, may imply identity, or, like same may imply likeness in kind. the very point I was trying to make identical may imply selfsameness or suggest absolute agreement in all details. identical results equivalent implies amounting to the same thing in worth or significance. two houses equivalent in market value equal implies being identical in value, magnitude, or some specified quality. equal shares in the business

Examples of identical in a Sentence

We visited the identical place we stopped at last year. They were wearing identical coats. The boxes were identical in shape. They drove virtually identical cars. The results were identical to those of the first test.
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Recent Examples on the Web The earlier and new models appear largely identical, with 14-inch IPS displays. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Acer's $999 Swift 5 could be the first Tiger Lake ultralight laptop," 23 June 2020 Men’s basketball expects its roster to come back in two roughly identical waves, while women’s basketball already has 12 of its 13 scholarship players in Bloomington. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "IU reports zero positive coronavirus tests after first wave of athletes return to campus," 23 June 2020 First mountains, then desert, then neat squares of identical houses that look as if they were plucked straight from Monopoly. Maria Konnikova, The Atlantic, "How I Became a Poker Champion in One Year," 23 June 2020 That policy was identical to what Cinemark announced earlier this month. Lindsey Bahr, BostonGlobe.com, "AMC Theaters reverses course on masks after backlash," 19 June 2020 That policy was identical to what Cinemark announced earlier this month. Time, "AMC Theaters Reverses Course, Says Customers Need to Wear Masks at the Movies After Backlash," 19 June 2020 Though the two lights look identical to the human eye, the hummingbirds were able to see a difference between the two, and consistently find the feeder with sugar water, even when it was moved. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, "Researchers Found That Hummingbirds Can See Even More Colors Than Humans Can," 18 June 2020 Those numbers are nearly identical to the RAV4's, which range from 27 to 30 mpg combined, and CR-V's, which the EPA rates at 29 to 30 mpg combined. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2021 Nissan Rogue vs. Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4: How the New SUV Stacks Up," 15 June 2020 The passports held by British nationals look identical to those belonging to citizens, but carry fewer benefits. The Economist, "A warm(ish) welcome Britain opens its doors to Hong Kongers," 5 June 2020

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First Known Use of identical

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for identical

probably from Medieval Latin identicus, from Late Latin identitas

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The first known use of identical was in 1581

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28 Jun 2020

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“Identical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/identical. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for identical

identical

adjective
How to pronounce identical (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of identical

: exactly the same
: exactly alike or equal

identical

adjective
iden·​ti·​cal | \ ī-ˈden-ti-kəl How to pronounce identical (audio) \

Kids Definition of identical

1 : being one and the same We saw the identical movie last week.
2 : being exactly alike or equal They wore identical dresses.

Other Words from identical

identically \ -​kə-​lē \ adverb

identical

adjective
iden·​ti·​cal | \ ī-ˈdent-i-kəl, ə- How to pronounce identical (audio) \

Medical Definition of identical

: monozygotic identical twins

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