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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

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Examples of synonymous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lockdowns unlikely For many in North Texas, Jenkins is synonymous with lockdowns. Nic Garcia, Dallas News, "Despite critics, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins remains steadfast on COVID response," 31 Dec. 2020 Either way, this word can be synonymous with fur, or it can be applied to an undressed skin that will become a fur (leaving the hair, wool, or fur intact). Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "The Ultimate Guide to Tanning Wild Game Pelts and Hides," 24 Dec. 2020 Being incarcerated or detained should not be synonymous with being left totally vulnerable to COVID-19. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Coronavirus behind death of Rhode Island inmate: report," 22 Dec. 2020 In many ways, appearances by the CERT team are synonymous with warm weather, as volunteers work at events such as Mayfield Village’s annual Cruise Night in June, and Mayfield Heights Unity Days, among others. cleveland, "Tri-Community CERT, with its new trailer ready, looks forward to serving residents at summer affairs; could be involved in COVID vaccine dispensing," 19 Dec. 2020 Disco fanatics know dance music and electronic music aren’t always synonymous. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 25 Best Dance Songs of 2020: Critic's Picks," 17 Dec. 2020 Carbohydrates are synonymous with comfort foods like pasta, bread, and many confections. Jason Bittel, Family, "Help your children de-stress with the right foods," 15 Dec. 2020 For many working professionals, mid-December is synonymous with the office holiday party. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: How to make your virtual office holiday party worthwhile," 15 Dec. 2020 Cozy textures are synonymous with the cold weather months—even for celebrities basking in the California heat. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "This Week, The Best Dressed Stars Made the Most of Texture," 14 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of synonymous

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of synonymous was in 1610

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“Synonymous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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