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 Coverdell ESAs are very similar to 529 plans in that both types of savings vehicles offer a tax-advantaged way to specifically save for education costs. Nathan Bachrach And Amy Wagner, The Enquirer, "Allworth Advice: Social Security checks will be slightly bigger next year," 25 Nov. 2020 Neuner began hearing similar stories from other co-working entrepreneurs: WeWork came to town, opened near an existing co-working office, and undercut the competitor on price. Charles Duhigg, The New Yorker, "How Venture Capitalists Are Deforming Capitalism," 23 Nov. 2020 But previous studies in Arizona and several other states did turn up similar results. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Mask Mandates Really Do Work, According to a New CDC Study," 23 Nov. 2020 Five men from Cambodia and Myanmar told the AP strikingly similar stories about being forced to work on Thai fishing boats for years at different times. Margie Mason And Robin Mcdowell,, "Palm oil is a big business and virtually impossible to avoid. The workers who cultivate it are abused.," 21 Nov. 2020 Of the 10 banks considered most troubled by Bauer Financial, six have similar stories to that of First City. Michael Braga, USA TODAY, "Two small banks failed in October. They won't be the last if COVID leaves some businesses struggling to pay loans.," 20 Nov. 2020 From a player’s standpoint, the Dolphins claim the intensive COVID-19 protocol – which features virtual meetings – is very similar to what transpired in the offseason when teams were meeting via Zoom during the work week. Omar Kelly,, "NFL imposing intensive COVID-19 protocols on all 32 teams to finish season," 19 Nov. 2020 Multiple imputation accounting for loss to follow-up yielded similar results. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "First randomized control trial shows face masks 'did not reduce' coronavirus infections with 'statistical significance'," 18 Nov. 2020 Antibody surveys in Brazil and southern Germany reported similar results. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "As COVID-19 soars in many communities, schools attempt to find ways through the crisis," 18 Nov. 2020

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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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26 Nov 2020

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“Similar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 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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