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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 He's driven by a mission to see the flavors of Senegal recognized and celebrated in the same way as French or Italian cuisine, both through traditional preparations and the kind of creative energy chefs bring with their own interpretations. Ian Mcnulty, NOLA.com, "To give African food a bigger stage in New Orleans, a chef reaches across restaurant scene," 15 Sep. 2020 Health — physical health and health as measured by dollars — don’t relate in the same way for Blacks and whites at every level of sickness. Stat Staff, STAT, "AI could help rid health care of biases. It also might make them worse," 15 Sep. 2020 That sums it up in the same way that a triathlon is just a few hours spent swimming, biking, and running. Popular Science, "How to hunt for star-nosed moles (and their holes)," 15 Sep. 2020 Those jobs have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic—and at the same time, unpaid household work usually delegated to women, including childcare and care for the sick, has increased. Oliver Whang, National Geographic, "Report: Distributing a COVID-19 vaccine equitably could avert hundreds of thousands of deaths," 15 Sep. 2020 If government policies and social preferences evolve in the same way as in the recent past, oil demand ticks up slightly in the years to come before starting to decline after 2030. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "TikTok has found a partner. It's not a done deal yet," 14 Sep. 2020 Those kinds of extreme conditions don’t exist in the same way on terrestrial planets like Earth or Venus. Sarah Scoles, Wired, "‘Dr. Phosphine’ and the Possibility of Life on Venus," 14 Sep. 2020 Two other characteristics of the region’s climate, seasonal air temperatures and the number of days of rain instead of snow, are shifting in the same way, the researchers said. Henry Fountain, New York Times, "The Arctic Is Shifting to a New Climate Because of Global Warming," 14 Sep. 2020 Many voters have responded the same way as his accountants to Trump taking a similar approach to the coronavirus. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "The powerlessness of positive thinking: Coronavirus optimism has hurt Trump," 14 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb What is different/same between this Colts team and previous ones? Stephanie Stradley, Houston Chronicle, "Stephanie Stradley’s Texans-Colts Q&A with Brad Wells," 17 Oct. 2019 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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The first known use of same was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

18 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Same.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/same. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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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
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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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