sim·i·lar | \ˈsi-mə-lər, ˈsim-lər\

Definition of similar 

1 : having characteristics in common : strictly comparable

2 : alike in substance or essentials : corresponding no two animal habitats are exactly similar— W. H. Dowdeswell

3 : not differing in shape but only in size or position similar triangles similar polygons

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similar, analogous, parallel mean closely resembling each other. similar implies the possibility of being mistaken for each other. all the houses in the development are similar analogous applies to things belonging in essentially different categories but nevertheless having many similarities. analogous political systems parallel suggests a marked likeness in the development of two things. the parallel careers of two movie stars

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This month, General Electric's health-care division will begin marketing a first-of-its-kind electrocardiograph machine in the U.S. Although packed with the latest technology, the battery-powered device weighs just six pounds, half as much as the smallest ECG machine currently for sale. It will retail for a mere $2,500, an 80% markdown from products with similar capabilities. — Reena Jana, Business Week, 23 & 30 Mar. 2009 There's a reason boards of directors can pluck so many CEOs out of one company and plop them into another: When it comes to management ideas and tools, many companies are surprisingly similar. They have the same hierarchies and budgeting processes. — Jena McGregor, Business Week, 8 Oct. 2007 Though the trends were similar, the new patterns of consumption varied both regionally and nationally, as they continue to do today. — John Brewer, New York Review of Books, 30 Nov. 2006 Our cats are similar in size. You two look very similar to each other. They had similar experiences growing up, even though they came from vastly different backgrounds. We got remarkably similar results. I was going to say something similar. I would have reacted in a similar way if it had happened to me.
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There were eight points early from Vaughn, and then little more, somewhat similar to the career arc of the former University of Nevada Las Vegas wing. Ira Winderman,, "Rashad Vaughn career at a crossroad, as Heat summer play comes to an end," 15 July 2018 Your makeup routine is probably similar to mine: glasses, lipstick, done., "Linda Rodin’s Rise To Accidental Style Icon," 12 July 2018 The military plan is similar to one that rival -- and potential partner -- T-Mobile has been touting heavily in recent television ads. Eli Blumenthal, USA TODAY, "Sprint's new unlimited plans add choice-- and an option for Tidal," 12 July 2018 The robberies were similar in that each time a group of two to four people targeted Latino men, Tellis said. Julianna Rennie, charlotteobserver, "Seven Latino men were robbed in ‘targeted’ incidents over two-day period, CMPD says," 12 July 2018 In 2008, Cardinal paid a $34 million fine to settle similar allegations. Katie Zezima, Washington Post, "Companies shipped 1.6 billion opioids to Missouri from 2012 to 2017, report says," 12 July 2018 The company has had similar experiences in other cities. Ethan May, Indianapolis Star, "Bird scooters are being removed from Indianapolis. Here's what could happen next.," 12 July 2018 Since then dozens of inmates and their families have reached out to the Chronicle, the Office of the Inspector General and Texas Inmates Families Association with similar allegations. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "4 Texas prison officials indicted after alleged evidence-planting incident at Brazoria lock-up," 11 July 2018 Ted Howard, one of the lawyers suing the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center, said a fourth teen who makes similar allegations is expected to join the case. Fox News, "Lawsuit alleging abuse of immigrant teens to move forward," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of similar

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for similar

French similaire, from Latin similis like, similar — more at same

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English Language Learners Definition of similar

: almost the same as someone or something else


sim·i·lar | \ˈsi-mə-lər \

Kids Definition of similar

: having qualities in common The houses are similar in design.

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