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Definition of synonymous

1 : having the character of a synonym also : alike in meaning or significance
2 : having the same connotations, implications, or reference to runners, Boston is synonymous with marathonRunners World

Other Words from synonymous

synonymously adverb

Examples of synonymous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This was a serious misstep for a company that has become so synonymous with house-hunting that it was even featured on a Saturday Night Live skit earlier this year. Ben Carlson, Fortune, 4 Nov. 2021 Positive test results, in the absence of symptoms, could generally be shrugged off, and infection will no longer feel quite so synonymous with disease. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 21 Sep. 2021 In the past few years, Nicole Kidman has become nearly synonymous with the kind of prestige television drama that unfolds in a rarefied milieu of almost indecent affluence and privilege. Amanda Fortini, Harper's BAZAAR, 20 Sep. 2021 In the popular imagination, chess is nearly synonymous with intelligence, but professional players know that the game is a highly specialized activity. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 26 July 2021 Audrey Hepburn is all but synonymous with the style. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 10 June 2021 As war raged, the Dow fell to a generational low of 92, and stocks became so synonymous with risk that New York state insurance regulators banned them from the portfolios of insurance companies. Washington Post, 14 May 2021 This critical peer review process is why blockchain has become nearly synonymous with cryptocurrency. Jessica Billingsley, Rolling Stone, 10 May 2021 Power outages are so synonymous with hurricanes, portable generators have almost become a necessity for Floridians as the impending June 1 start of hurricane season approaches. Joe Mario Pedersen,, 19 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of synonymous

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Synonymous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of synonymous

: having the same meaning
: strongly suggesting a particular idea, quality, etc. : very strongly associated with something


syn·​on·​y·​mous | \ sə-ˈnä-nə-məs How to pronounce synonymous (audio) \

Kids Definition of synonymous

: alike in meaning


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