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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Dutch coach Sarina Wiegmann basically used tactics similar to what England tried in a 2-1 semifinal loss to the US; attacking through Lineth Beerensteyn, running off center forward Vivanne Miedema, abandoning wing play, until late in the contest. Frank Dell’apa, BostonGlobe.com, "Overflowing with talent, US could not be stopped," 7 July 2019 According to the Post, authorities in the nation’s capital wanted to avoid a situation similar to last month’s violence in Portland, Ore., that prompted that city’s police to use tear gas against demonstrators. Fox News, "Antifa tries to disrupt ‘Demand Free Speech’ event in DC, reports say," 7 July 2019 And similar to his cousins, Archie, who turns 2 months old on Saturday, will also be baptized with water from the River Jordan. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Meghan Markle & Prince Harry's Son Archie's Christening Will Include This Royal Family Heirloom," 5 July 2019 Google also plans to buy existing affordable housing and keep rents low — similar to health care company Kaiser Permanente’s $5.2 million purchase to preserve 41 units in Oakland, as part of its $100 million housing and homelessness effort. Melia Russell, SFChronicle.com, "Google wants to build 20,000 homes. It may need more than $14 trillion," 1 July 2019 Highland Park police reviewing a similar plan last fall noted that traffic already is backed up daily between Richfield and Ridge. Karen Berkowitz, chicagotribune.com, "Proposal for 500 housing units on Solo Cup property raises traffic concerns," 30 June 2019 Microsoft, based near Seattle, has a similar policy. Author: Richard Read, Anchorage Daily News, "Alexa, how many dogs come to work at Amazon Seattle? 7,000," 30 June 2019 Wealth Tax The idea of a tax on the country’s richest individuals has been discussed most prominently by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, another 2020 candidate, but Sanders has a similar plan: an increased estate tax. Renae Reints, Fortune, "What the 2020 Democratic Candidates Didn’t Say During the Second Debate," 28 June 2019 But the passage of a very similar policy in California is yet another sign the idea isn’t going away anytime soon. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Gavin Newsom’s biggest accomplishment as governor yet: a $1.2 billion cash plan for the poor," 27 June 2019

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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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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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