similar

adjective
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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similarly adverb

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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 cop remains on the beat and the Justice Department will not hesitate to bring a similar case again. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Why an Antitrust Farce Must Continue," 13 July 2018 Franklin County Municipal Court records show 23 similar cases this year, including the charges against Daniels, 14 last year and six the year before. Andrew Welsh-hugging, Cincinnati.com, "Stormy Daniels arrested: Officers' motivations to be reviewed," 13 July 2018 Franklin County Municipal Court records show 23 similar cases this year, including the charges against Daniels, 14 last year and six the year before. Washington Post, "A day after arrest, Stormy Daniels dances but doesn’t touch," 13 July 2018 Franklin County Municipal Court records show 23 similar cases this year — including the charges against Daniels — 14 last year and six in 2016. Andrew Welsh-huggins, BostonGlobe.com, "Police say they made an ‘error’ in arresting Stormy Daniels," 12 July 2018 Junior lawyers dig up and compare judges’ decisions on similar cases, or arguments previously made by opposing counsel, to prepare for litigation. The Economist, "Law firms climb aboard the AI wagon," 12 July 2018 Franklin County Municipal Court records show 23 similar cases this year — including the charges against Daniels — 14 last year and six in 2016. Author: Andrew Welch-huggins, Anchorage Daily News, "Police say they made an ‘error’ in arresting Stormy Daniels," 12 July 2018 It is currently involved in six similar cases in Russian courts with AstraZeneca, Orion Corp, Bayer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Boehringer Ingelheim, and Pfizer, according to the report. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "Russian Drugmaker Granted License to Produce Celgene Copycat," 11 July 2018 There have been a number of similar death cases involving the church. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Faith Healer Parents Plead Guilty in the Death of Baby After They Chose Prayer Over Medical Help," 10 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

similar

adjective
sim·i·lar | \ˈsi-mə-lər \

Kids Definition of similar

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

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