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

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 Around that same time, Grant launched UniteMKE, now UniteWI, which supports community health workers. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 June 2021 Also try: Celeste, an intimate Peruvian nook in the same neighborhood, serving ceviche, pisco sours, and more. BostonGlobe.com, 1 June 2021 At the same time, the need for therapists is only growing. New York Times, 1 June 2021 At the same time, removing the limits would abolish one of the many ways in the Chinese government can monitor its population, Byler said, forcing Beijing to find another reason to carry out intimate domestic surveillance. Ben Westcott, CNN, 1 June 2021 At the same time, their return on investment is better and is the quickest way of helping to contain global temperature rise. Enrique Dans, Forbes, 1 June 2021 And this summer 2021, everything is blooming at the same time: Sports Illustrated, movies, TV shows. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 1 June 2021 If convicted in the federal case, any federal sentence would be served at the same time as his state sentence. Amy Forliti, chicagotribune.com, 1 June 2021 At the same time, business loan applications by Black applicants are twice as likely than white firms to be denied credit. Kevin Garnett, Time, 1 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb What is different/same between this Colts team and previous ones? Stephanie Stradley, Houston Chronicle, 17 Oct. 2019 Stradley: What is different/same between this Steelers' team and previous ones? Stephanie Stradley, Houston Chronicle, 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, 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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The first known use of same was in the 13th century

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3 Jun 2021

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“Same.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/same. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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.

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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.

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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