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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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synonymously adverb

Examples of synonymous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the late 1960s, the black bourgeoisie was synonymous with Uncle Tom . . Zadie Smith, The New Yorker, "Darryl Pinckney’s Intimate Study of Black History," 26 Nov. 2019 Since the mid-1950s, McDonald's has been synonymous with burgers and fries in the U.S. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz,, "McDonald’s CEO fired over consensual relationship with employee. ‘This was a mistake’," 3 Nov. 2019 Myth busters The Ravens are synonymous with rugged, smart defense ... but shouldn’t be after giving up 7.2 yards per first down. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: NFL at quarter mark: Pats good but lucky; Chiefs/Mahomes surmount injuries; Ramsey trade brewing?," 30 Sep. 2019 False lashes have always been synonymous with glamour in the most traditional sense. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Moments from the Gucci Runway at Milan Fashion Week," 22 Sep. 2019 So far, being a techie in India has been synonymous with being a coder or a developer. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Meet three Indian ethical hackers who made over $40,000 each in 2018 from bug bounties," 12 Sep. 2019 Thornton on Joe Pavelski’s departure: Thornton and Joe Pavelski were synonymous with one another for more than a decade. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, "Sharks’ Joe Thornton on Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, and what took so long for him to sign," 6 Sep. 2019 These words have long been synonymous with sustainable fashion, but a new guard of eco-conscious clothing pioneers are proving that earth-friendly and fashion-forward are no longer mutually exclusive. Tyler Joe, Harper's BAZAAR, "8 Sustainable Looks That Make Fashion Proud," 20 Nov. 2019 Root vegetables are synonymous with fall — well, some of them anyway. Carrots, sweet potatoes and beets get the most love and adoration. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Root, root, root for rutabaga, turnips and those other unappreciated vegetables," 8 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of synonymous

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Dec 2019

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“Synonymous.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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