syn·on·y·mous | \ sə-ˈnä-nə-məs \

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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synonymously adverb

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Getting their voices heard is important to locals in the city that became synonymous with Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. Rodney Jefferson,, "The City That Defined Brexit Has Given Up," 21 June 2018 Billy Beane, the Oakland Athletics’ general manager who became synonymous with the moneyball revolution, believed that chemistry existed, but that it was brought about by winning, not the other way around. Ben Rowen, The Atlantic, "Finding the Formula for Team Chemistry," 15 June 2018 Maier waited four years before presenting a ready-to-wear collection that has now become synonymous with understated elegance. Lindsay Peoples, The Cut, "Bottega Veneta Will Soon Have a New Designer," 13 June 2018 Elected largely on a promise to reform an organization that had become synonymous with graft and corruption, Infantino has stumbled out of the blocks and badly needs his first world championship as president to go off without a hitch. Kevin Baxter,, "From Russia with love: Now we'll see how the World Cup turns out," 12 June 2018 London, in fact, is synonymous with the essence of England, and has been a national center since the Roman era. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Will There Always Be an England?," 27 Apr. 2018 Historically, the English national team has been almost synonymous with Britain. Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, "World Cup Brings England Together at a Time of Division," 10 July 2018 Across Mexico, the town is synonymous with fireworks. Kate Linthicum,, "At least 22 killed in fireworks explosions in a Mexican town with a history of deadly blasts," 5 July 2018 The great artist’s name is synonymous with top-tier glass art. Matthew J. Palm,, "Morse Museum is free today — don't miss 'Domes of the Yosemite'," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of synonymous

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of synonymous

: alike in meaning

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