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 results are similar to those published in Nature Energy in the beginning of 2017, although that study looked at a narrower region (99 homes in Texas) and modeled different battery software configurations. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Under current policies, residential batteries increase emissions in most cases," 28 Dec. 2018 Advocates of the rule sued, confident the delay would be overturned since their grounds were similar to those for the SAFMR rule. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "HUD won one court battle, lost another under Ben Carson in 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Now, the two of us are similar in many ways: We were both raised in pretty conservative homes, probably ones that voted Republican. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Vice doesn’t want to humanize Dick Cheney. So instead, it (maybe) demonizes America.," 21 Dec. 2018 Crude prices climbed at the start of 2018 but have plunged more than 40% since early October in a bout of volatility similar to 2007, just before the financial crisis. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "The Battered Bull Market Is Limping Into 2019," 2 Jan. 2019 That’s similar to occupancy rates across the Puget Sound region today. Vernal Coleman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle, King County look to Atlanta program to entice landlords to rent to homeless, but can it work here?," 26 Dec. 2018 So, the shoes are clearly similar, and the evidence seems compelling, but does Vans really have a case against Target? Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Can Vans really sue Target for a cheap look-alike of its most famous skater shoe?," 26 Dec. 2018 As for why Erika isn’t returning, the reasoning is similar to Molly. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Is Replacing Another Favorite Character," 21 Dec. 2018 Ford said the two categories were similar enough for purposes of the disclosure. Michael Rapoport, WSJ, "What Amazon Isn’t Telling Investors About Its Revenue," 22 Dec. 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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similar

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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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