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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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For more than thirty years, costume designer Ruth E. Carter has been synonymous with power, femininity, and unapologetic blackness. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "Black Panther's Ruth E. Carter on Designing for the Revolution," 18 Feb. 2019 Gone are the days where yoga was synonymous with only gentle stretching. Chloe Kernaghan, Time, "This 10-Minute Cardio Yoga Workout Will Help Make You More Flexible," 10 July 2018 His edges may be tougher than some of his country singing peers, but his bad boy apathy was synonymous with rudeness. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Best and worst of Summerfest Day 10: Kip Moore, Jonathan Davis of Korn, Phantogram & more," 7 July 2018 Keep in mind that communication doesn’t need to be synonymous with talking. Eva Dwight, Ba, Med, USA TODAY, "Understanding my sons: Science explains boys' brains and what moms can do to connect," 2 July 2018 Gaza has long been synonymous with violence and insecurity. Erin Cunningham, Washington Post, "Gazans have survived years of war. Now depression is killing them.," 20 June 2018 Frameline, the world’s oldest continuous LGBTQ film festival, has long been synonymous with San Francisco’s Pride Week. David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, "Frameline offers movie feast during Pride Week," 14 June 2018 Abdallah's name then, as a young Minnehaha County sheriff's deputy, and for years to come was synonymous with law and order. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "53 years after stealing deputy's badge as a drunk teen, this KC minister returned it | The Kansas City Star," 23 May 2018 The app's signature hot-or-not swiping feature has long been synonymous with finding someone to hook up with. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Tinder Wants to Match You With People Who Go to the Same Places," 23 May 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 How to pronounce synonymous (audio) \

Kids Definition of synonymous

: alike in meaning

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