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

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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 Of those, about 61,000 have recovered from COVID-19, which causes similar symptoms to the flu, such as fever and cough. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "China reframes coronavirus narrative, touts Xi's accomplishments despite bodies piling up," 16 Mar. 2020 Computerized tomography scans of the leg bones revealed patterns of stress similar to an animal that ran and turned frequently, rather than one that slowly trudged in a single direction. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "‘Polo-obsessed’ Chinese noblewoman buried with her donkey steed," 16 Mar. 2020 The Czech Republic and Slovakia took similar action. Anchorage Daily News, "Spain to follow Italy into lockdown as virus cases soar," 14 Mar. 2020 The Czech Republic and Slovakia took similar action. Geir Moulson,, "Spain announces a lockdown, France shuts down the nightlife," 14 Mar. 2020 The Czech Republic and Slovakia took similar action. Time, "France and Spain to Follow Italy Into Lockdown as Coronavirus Cases Soar," 14 Mar. 2020 In 2009 the outbreak of swine flu presented workers with a similar decision. The Economist, "Bartleby Rethinking sick leave," 14 Mar. 2020 The promotional image included an illustration of a woman biting her lip, artwork similar to that of three-year-old podcast Thirst Aid Kit (TAK), a show that covers the intersection of pop culture and thirst. Soraya Roberts, Longreads, "A Crying Public Shame," 14 Mar. 2020 Professional soccer and hockey leagues suspended their seasons, following a similar decision by the NBA. Harold Maass, TheWeek, "March 13, 2020," 13 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of similar was in 1611

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19 Mar 2020

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“Similar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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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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