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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Citizen Lab determined that the technology was similar to Pegasus. Chris Smith, BGR, 14 Sep. 2021 Although the latest design is similar to last year's iPhone 12, the new device features several enhancements including a zippy new A15 Bionic processor, improved cameras and a smaller front-facing sensor notch. Dan Patterson, CBS News, 14 Sep. 2021 Therefore, cryptocurrency holders have no legal requirement to apply this provision although cryptocurrencies work very similar to stocks & securities. Shehan Chandrasekera, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 While the two can look very similar, the dementia symptoms occur before motor symptoms in Lewy body dementia, and in Parkinson's disease the reverse is true. Patti Greco,, 10 Sep. 2021 As an Ohio kid, his situation is very similar to 2022 wide receiver Kaden Saunders, who chose Penn State. Stephen Means, cleveland, 10 Sep. 2021 Scherzer won in 2017 even though Washington teammate Stephen Strasburg had very similar numbers (and took third in the voting), and Corey Kluber won the same year in the American League with teammate Carlos Carrasco taking fourth. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Sep. 2021 Appointment dates are essentially arbitrary, so the patients who got their screening just before the pause should be very similar, in general, to those who waited months to resume their medical care. Benjamin Mazer, The Atlantic, 5 Sep. 2021 That’s a very similar style to the one Kerber used to reach No. 1 in the rankings and claim three Grand Slam titles., 5 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of similar

1586, 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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The first known use of similar was in 1586

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16 Sep 2021

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English Language Learners Definition of similar

: almost the same as someone or something else


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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