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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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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Others shared a similar, lingering anxiety about the flames and questions about whether the tinderbox conditions would continue next summer. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "‘This town is just exhausted’: Cooper Landing wrestles with aftermath of a summer lost to wildfire," 15 Sep. 2019 Saturday's attack comes after weeks of similar drone assaults on the kingdom's oil infrastructure, but none of the earlier strikes appeared to have caused the same amount of damage. Fox News, "Pompeo accuses Iran of 'unprecedented attack' after drones hit Saudi oil facilities," 15 Sep. 2019 Most of her debut’s songs did something similar to this while also contemplating death and suffering as something glamorous. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Plot Against Persona," 15 Sep. 2019 Some lights are similar, such as Berlin to Amsterdam. Vogue, "How Ed Droste Spent Two Wild Weeks in Peru," 14 Sep. 2019 The Bank of England may soon face a similar dilemma. The Economist, "What would happen to interest rates after a no-deal Brexit?," 14 Sep. 2019 Our family faced a similar racist backlash when the U.S. engaged in the Gulf War during the early 1990s. Simran Jeet Singh, The Conversation, "Why Sikhs wear a turban and what it means to practice the faith in the United States," 13 Sep. 2019 Every now and then, my eye would catch the glimpse of a woman who looked similar to me... completely owning her body. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "5 Women Prove That Every Body Is Sexy in Empowering Photo Series," 13 Sep. 2019 This isn’t surprising since neonicotinoids are chemically similar to nicotine and stimulate nerve cells, killing them at high doses. Stephen Leahy, National Geographic, "Huge decline in songbirds linked to common insecticide," 12 Sep. 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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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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