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match

noun \ ˈmach \

Definition of match

1 a :a person or thing equal or similar to another
b :one able to cope with another
  • He was no match for his opponent.
c :an exact counterpart
  • a lake that was almost the match of one he remembered from Switzerland
2 :a pair suitably associated
  • carpet and curtains are a match
3 a :a contest between two or more parties
  • a golf match
  • a soccer match
  • a shouting match
b :a contest (as in tennis or volleyball) completed when one player or side wins a specified number of sets or games
4 a :a marriage union
b :a prospective (see prospective 2b) partner in marriage
  • would make a good match for any man

Origin and Etymology of match

Middle English macche, from Old English gemæcca mate, equal; akin to Old English macian to make — more at make


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match

verb

Definition of match

transitive verb
1 a :to encounter successfully as an antagonist
b (1) :to set in competition or opposition
(2) :to provide with a worthy competitor
c :to set in comparison
2 :to join or give in marriage
3 a (1) :to put in a set possessing equal or harmonizing attributes
(2) :to cause to correspond :suit
  • matched programs to local needs
b (1) :to be the counterpart of; also :to compare favorably with
(2) :to harmonize with
  • the jacket matched the pants
c :to provide with a counterpart
d :to provide funds complementary to
  • employers may match the employee contribution
  • —D. J. Miller
4 :to fit together or make suitable for fitting together
5 a :to flip or toss (coins) and compare exposed faces
b :to toss coins with
intransitive verb
:to be a counterpart

matchable

play \ˈma-chə-bəl\ adjective

matcher

noun

Examples of match in a Sentence

  1. This color matches your skin tone.

  2. She was wearing a beautiful skirt, but her sweater didn't match it.

  3. The upbeat music matched her mood.

  4. Her skirt and sweater matched perfectly.

  5. The pillows on the couch all match.

  6. Your socks don't match each other.

  7. His story doesn't match the facts.

Origin and Etymology of match

see 1match

match Synonyms

Synonyms
correspond (to), equal, parallel
Related Words
blend (with), conform (to), coordinate (with), go (with), harmonize (with); complement, supplement; counterbalance, counterpoise; echo, image, mirror, repeat; add up (to), amount (to), approach, come (to), near; measure (up), partake (of), rival, suggest

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match

noun

Definition of match

1 :a chemically prepared wick or cord formerly used in firing firearms or powder
2 :a short slender piece of flammable material (such as wood) tipped with a combustible mixture that bursts into flame when slightly heated through friction (as by being scratched against a rough surface)

Origin and Etymology of match

Middle English macche, mecche candlewick, from Anglo-French meche


MATCH Defined for English Language Learners

match

verb

Definition of match for English Language Learners

  • : to be suited to (someone or something) : to go well with (someone or something)

  • : to have the same appearance, color, etc.

  • : to make or see a connection or relationship between (two people or things)


MATCH Defined for Kids

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match

noun \ ˈmach \

Definition of match for Students

1 :a person or thing that is equal to or as good as another
  • We are a match for our opponents.
2 :a contest between two individuals or teams
  • a tennis match
3 :a thing that is exactly like another thing
  • I'm trying to find a match for this sock.
4 :two people or things that go well together
  • The curtains and carpet are a good match.
5 :marriage 1
  • Your parents made a good match.

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match

verb

Definition of match for Students

matched; matching
1 :to be the same or suitable to one another
  • The colors of our shirts match.
2 :to choose something that is the same as another or goes with it
  • Try to match this material.
3 :to place in competition
  • The game matched the two former champions.
4 :to be as good as
  • You'll never match her at golf.

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match

noun

Definition of match for Students

:a short slender piece of material tipped with a mixture that produces fire when scratched


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