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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

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Chris Elise NBAE/Getty Images For a generation of NBA fans, the Golden State Warriors have become synonymous with winning. Rob Schaefer, Fortune, "Rakuten Has Generated 'North of $40 Million' From Sponsoring the Golden State Warriors," 7 June 2019 For consumers, the Devolver name has become synonymous with outrageous stunts. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Why gaming’s most influential indie label has stayed small for a decade," 5 June 2019 In certain corners of the fine-dining world, Michelin stars have become synonymous with professional excellence, and many chefs will go to extremes to attain and defend their rankings. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "The Michelin Guide’s Not Entirely Welcome Return to L.A.," 5 June 2019 But given that the Kardashians are basically synonymous with overexposure, there may, in fact, be no dollar amount that would make the apps worth it. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "The Kardashian-Jenner clan are shutting down all of their subscription-based apps, effectively ending an era.," 20 Dec. 2018 The phrase was first used by a Reddit user, but is slowly becoming synonymous with a wide-range of AI editing technology. James Vincent, The Verge, "US lawmakers say AI deepfakes ‘have the potential to disrupt every facet of our society’," 14 Sep. 2018 Though va-va-voom vibes are practically a prerequisite for a night like tonight, Hadid's chop proves that, along with character, camp is also synonymous with cool. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Reveals a Radical New Pixie Cut at the Met Gala," 7 May 2019 And upon confirming that strawberries actually contain more vitamin C than oranges, the fruit practically synonymous with the famously brightening compound, Volition knew the serum had to become a reality — and the demand has only confirmed that. Marci Robin, Allure, "Volition’s New Strawberry-C Serum Sold Out at Sephora Just 10 Days After It Launched," 30 Mar. 2019 In recent years, though, a growing number are emerging from considerably cooler zones better known for their white wines, like this zippy pinot noir rosé from Marlborough (a region of New Zealand that is virtually synonymous with sauvignon blanc). Marnie Old,, "Great Wine Values: Matua Pinot Noir Rosé," 17 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


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Kids Definition of synonymous

: alike in meaning

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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