matching

adjective match·ing \ ˈma-chiŋ \

Definition of matching

1 of two or more things
a : going together well : suitably paired or used together
  • matching colors
  • … a formfitting navy Armani suit and matching pumps …
  • —Leslie Bennetts
b : having the same appearance, design, etc.
  • In their matching yellow jumpsuits and white T-shirts they looked like gateposts marking the entrance to the house.
  • —Ann M. Martin
  • Meanwhile, over the past few months, Kylie Jenner and Pia Mia have been sighted in matching outfits on more than one occasion while shopping and lunching in LA.
  • —Erika Stalder
2 : forming part of a pair or set
  • searched the clean laundry for a matching sock
3 : equal in amount
  • made matching contributions
; especially : equal in amount to money obtained from another source
  • … a proposal that he has sponsored in the legislature would provide $25-50 million in matching funds for biotechnology research and development to companies choosing Louisiana as their base.
  • —Stephen Budiansky

First Known Use of matching

1630

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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