similar

adjective
sim·​i·​lar | \ ˈsi-mə-lər How to pronounce similar (audio) , 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

Examples of similar in a Sentence

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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The stakes are similar in New Jersey, where a sheriff’s deputy accused of tipping off drug dealers to police activities has refused to hand over passcodes to his iPhones. Jon Schuppe, NBC News, "Give up your password or go to jail: Police push legal boundaries to get into cellphones," 7 June 2019 Last summer, three vehicle fires were reported — similar in nature to the 2015 vehicle fires, police said in the release. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Troy man charged in string of Royal Oak fires," 7 June 2019 Roughly one-third of the property, about 500 acres of redwood forest — an area similar in size to Muir Woods in Marin County — is opening Saturday. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, "New redwood park opening 15 miles from downtown San Jose," 7 June 2019 The driver got away, but police said the car was similar to the vehicle the stalking suspect had used in the previous incidents. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Manchester police say stalker caught in the act," 7 June 2019 The case is Washington v. Arlene’s Flowers, and the facts are remarkably similar to those of Masterpiece Cakeshop. David French, National Review, "The Supreme Court Must Help This Christian Florist," 7 June 2019 Massachusetts spends about $2 per capita and New York spends about $1 per capita on their gun violence prevention grant programs that are similar to CalVIP, and both states have seen real, life-saving results from their investment. (john Gibbins / San Diego Union-tribune), San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: Why California must invest more in violence intervention programs," 7 June 2019 Over the course of 55 experiments, Tajmar and his colleagues registered an average of 3.4 micro-Newtons of force from the EmDrive, which was very similar to what the NASA team found. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "A Mythical Form of Space Propulsion Finally Gets a Real Test," 5 June 2019 Biden's outline is similar in size and scope to what former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke has proposed . Bill Barrow, chicagotribune.com, "Joe Biden's $5 trillion climate plan: Net zero emissions by 2050," 4 June 2019

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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

similar

adjective
sim·​i·​lar | \ ˈsi-mə-lər How to pronounce similar (audio) \

Kids Definition of similar

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

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