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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First, multiple fans quickly pointed out that the colors and the Greek font used in a teaser poster is similar to the ones used for the merch from Beyoncé's iconic 2018 Coachella set. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "It Sure Looks Like Netflix Just Announced a Beyoncé Special," 8 Apr. 2019 The tail of the Cricosaurus bambergensis is similar to that of other species of the same metriorhynchid family and features bone physiology that was suited for life in the ocean. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Jurassic Crocodile Ancestor Looks More Like a Dolphin Than a Croc," 5 Apr. 2019 In changing her name, training with the troops, and disguising herself as a male soldier, Mulan took actions that might be far from reality, but her story is eerily similar to that of a real Mexican heroine: Petra Herrera. Teen Vogue, "Mexican Revolutionary Petra Herrera Posed as a Man to Fight for Her Country," 1 Apr. 2019 The symptoms of listeria infections are generally similar to other foodborne illnesses, the CDC says. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Avocados Recalled in 6 States for Possible Listeria Contamination," 25 Mar. 2019 There's a chance Hershberger used some extensions on Cyrus for added length — another factor that makes the hair look so similar to her old character's. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Miley Cyrus Reveals New Blonde Hair and Bangs Reminiscent of Her Hannah Montana Days," 29 Mar. 2019 Havenly designers predict that the nursery will be similar to her Toronto residence: regal and royal, but not stuffy—a contemporary take on a classic British style. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Nursery Could Look Like This," 26 Mar. 2019 Not to mention similar systems in China and Russia. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "What Are Airports Going to Do About Drones?," 9 Jan. 2019 Police in Zhongning county have set up a network of surveillance cameras that is now being used to implement a policing system similar to that used in the nearby region of Xinjiang. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "China Applies Xinjiang’s Policing Lessons to Other Muslim Areas," 23 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 How to pronounce similar (audio) \

Kids Definition of similar

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

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