same

adjective
\ ˈsām \

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

What drove the shake-ups was a more forward-looking calculus about where the teams would end up at this time of year, which, not coincidentally, is in the same place. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Clemson, Notre Dame and the Year of the Quarterback Change," 28 Dec. 2018 Both run outside, on a mission to the same place: Sheep Meadow, Central Park. Susanna Fogel, Glamour, "This Is What You’ve Got Mail Would Look Like 20 Years Later," 20 Dec. 2018 Facebook data is not always stored in the same way it is collected. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook still hasn’t launched a big privacy feature that Mark Zuckerberg promised more than seven months ago," 17 Dec. 2018 Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder The Vampire Diaries fans fell head over heels for Ian's portrayal of bad boy vampire Damon, and clearly Nina felt the same way. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "27 Celebrities Who Dated Their Co-Stars IRL," 7 Dec. 2018 Both use the same name, and there’s no way for a consumer to tell the difference. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Razer's Blade Stealth gets a long-awaited upgrade to GeForce graphics and a Whiskey Lake CPU," 4 Dec. 2018 Revisiting the same period through an old chat history is different. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A looming strike over Project Dragonfly is putting new pressure on Google," 30 Nov. 2018 Run-commuting increased during the same period by more than 70 percent in North Dakota, Mississippi, Arkansas, Rhode Island, and Florida. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "The 2 Things That Will Help Motivate You to Be More Active, According to a New Strava Report," 28 Nov. 2018 In fact, sales of skin care in the U.S. grew 15 percent from the previous year, while cosmetics only grew 3 percent during the same time period. Kellie Ell, Glamour, "Social Media Is Killing Mascara," 28 Nov. 2018

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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More Definitions for same

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)

the same : someone or something that is exactly like another person or thing being discussed or referred to

the same : 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 \

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 \

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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