same

adjective
\ ˈsām How to pronounce same (audio) \

Definition of same

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : resembling in every relevant respect
b : conforming in every respect used with as
2a : being one without addition, change, or discontinuance : identical
b : being the one under discussion or already referred to
3 : corresponding so closely as to be indistinguishable
4 : equal in size, shape, value, or importance usually used with the or a demonstrative (such as that, those) in all senses

same

pronoun

Definition of same (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : something identical with or similar to another
2 : something or someone previously mentioned or described often used with the or a demonstrative (such as that, those) in both senses
all the same or just the same
: despite everything : nevertheless

same

adverb

Definition of same (Entry 3 of 3)

: in the same manner used with the or a demonstrative (such as that, those)

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Adjective

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

Adjective

same, identical, and equal mean not different or not differing from one another. same is used when the things being compared are really one thing and not two or more things. We saw the same person. identical usually is used when two or more things are just like each other in every way. The two jewels seemed identical. equal is used when the things being compared are like each other in some particular way. The two baseball players are of equal ability.

Examples of same in a Sentence

Adjective

The words “their” and “there” are pronounced in exactly the same way but spelled differently. She gave the same answer as before. He eats the same breakfast every day. The same thing happened to me yesterday.

Pronoun

“I'll have a coffee with cream and two sugars.” “Make mine the same.” Your idea is the same as his. All of your classmates have begun their projects, and I suggest you do the same. The band's last album was a bunch of bubble-gum pop, and their new release is just more of the same. After the accident, he was never quite the same again. Things would never be the same without you! Things are very much the same as before.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

This is huge for those of us who have begging and pleading for something similar to The Beyoncé Experience Live, the special DVD release that recapped her third world tour of the same name. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Is Beyoncé Working on New Music?," 3 Apr. 2019 Ultimately, the goal for her shows is the same as her business. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Lindsey Weidhorn Is the Woman Behind All Your Favorite HGTV Shows," 2 Apr. 2019 Executive-produced by Drake and based on the groundbreaking Israeli drama of the same name, the show promises to put a new spin on the coming-of-age narrative. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "This Trailblazing Model Is Poised to Become TV’s Next Big Thing," 21 Mar. 2019 Fans of the original series will certainly remember that the show takes place in Rosewood, Pennsylvania while its other spin-off, Ravenswood, took place in a neighboring town of the same name. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Beacon Heights University on "Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists"," 21 Mar. 2019 Now that the new tax law is in place, your deductions and refunds may not look the same as last year. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "An Answer to a SALT-y Tax Problem You Didn’t Know You Had," 22 Mar. 2019 The vlogging star is quickly taking over the platform with her hilarious down to earth attitude and her signature messy ponytail and caffeine addiction (same). Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Emma Chamberlain's Age and Net-Worth is Seriously Unbelievable," 27 Feb. 2019 Sure, a candy bar at noon is the same as a candy bar at midnight, but interval eating can be helpful for people who have a difficult time managing boredom bites. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "Everything You Need to Know About the Dubrow Diet," 29 Jan. 2019 Based on the Joseph Heller novel of the same name, Catch-22 stars Christopher Abbott as Capt. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "The First Trailer for George Clooney's New Series Catch-22 Is Finally Here," 13 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Stradley: What is different/same between this Steelers' team and previous ones? Stephanie Stradley, Houston Chronicle, "Stephanie Stradley’s Texans vs Steelers Q&A with Ryan Wilson," 22 Dec. 2017 Without the wireless mousepad, that chamber can be used for optional weights same as...well, most Logitech gaming mice. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Logitech's Powerplay mousepad wirelessly charges your mouse while you use it," 12 June 2017

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First Known Use of same

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Pronoun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1766, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for same

Adjective

Middle English, from Old Norse samr; akin to Old High German sama same, Latin simulis like, simul together, at the same time, similis like, sem- one, Greek homos same, hama together, hen-, heis one

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same

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of same

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: not different
: exactly like someone or something else
: not changed : exactly like an earlier version, event, etc.

same

pronoun

English Language Learners Definition of same (Entry 2 of 3)

: someone or something that is exactly like another person or thing being discussed or referred to
: someone or something that has not changed : something that is exactly like it was at an earlier time

same

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of same (Entry 3 of 3)

: in a way that is alike or very similar

same

adjective
\ ˈsām How to pronounce same (audio) \

Kids Definition of same

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : not another : identical They lived in the same house all their lives.
2 : unchanged His reaction is always the same no matter what we do.
3 : very much alike I eat the same breakfast every day.

same

pronoun

Kids Definition of same (Entry 2 of 2)

: something identical with or like another You had an ice cream cone, and I had the same.

SAMe

noun
\ ˈsam-ē How to pronounce SAMe (audio) \

Medical Definition of SAMe

: S-adenosylmethionine especially when used as a dietary supplement (as to relieve depression or arthritic pain and inflammation)

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