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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Though the style technically encompasses English Colonial, French Colonial, Spanish Colonial, Dutch Colonial, and Georgian styles, American Colonial is most similar to English Colonial, due to the prolonged length of British rule in America. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Here’s Why Colonial-Style Homes Reign Supreme," 2 May 2019 Kate wore a very similar look this past January at Family Action Lewisham in London. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Is Back from Break With a Solo Outing for the Sweetest Reason," 1 May 2019 The green coat on top is similar to the color of the now-popular matcha with its thicker strip of flavor compared to that of the dark chocolate. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "We Got an Exclusive First Taste of the New Kit-Kat Duos Mint + Dark Chocolate," 25 Apr. 2019 New Jersey passed a statewide ban soon after, and a similar ban is working its way through the New York City Council. Alexandra Olson, The Seattle Times, "As cashless stores grow, so does the backlash," 14 Apr. 2019 The pair were spotted leaving the festivities hand-in-hand wearing two different ensembles with a very similar feel, something only skilled matchers can do. Vogue, "Bella and Gigi Hadid Level Up Their Sister Style for Marc Jacobs’s Wedding," 7 Apr. 2019 Other large drug companies have shown company-level pricing data with a similar... Charley Grant, WSJ, "Squeeze Looks More Likely for Drug Middlemen," 25 Mar. 2019 As long as the height and size are similar, using mismatched pieces can work. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "This Island-Inspired Palm Beach House Is the Ultimate Vacation Retreat," 19 Apr. 2019 The congressman from Ohio isn’t the only 2020 candidate who believes in Medicare for All or a similar universal health care plan. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Cardi B Said She Hates Donald Trump and Might Support Bernie Sanders in 2020," 16 Apr. 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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