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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Last year, Verdugo hit .261 with a .420 slugging percentage on breaking pitches while keeping his batting average on heaters at .337, very similar to this season. Julian Mcwilliams,, 28 July 2022 The proposal would have brought together two very similar airlines — both tempt travelers with rock-bottom fares but tack on fees for some things that bigger carriers include with most tickets, from soft drinks to room for a bag in the overhead bin. David Koenig, ajc, 27 July 2022 The next three days will look and feel very similar. oregonlive, 27 July 2022 Water plays an important role in the lives of fish and humans in very similar yet different ways. Evan Hecht, USA TODAY, 26 July 2022 The second was very similar to the first and was carried out by the same group, but the investigation showed that Israeli intelligence had not detected any activity preceding it. New York Times, 22 July 2022 The Duchess of Cambridge regularly sports Beulah London's wares, including a scarf very similar to this one. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, 22 July 2022 The seventies brought another global conjunction, with the price of oil going up, very similar to the situation now. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 22 July 2022 The lift capacity of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is very similar to Ariane 62. H. J. Mccracken, Ars Technica, 21 July 2022 See More

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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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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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