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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 Fear that Texas — a state once synonymous with Republican strength — could actually tilt Democratic this year, as recent transplants from California and other blue states help reshape the Lone Star state’s electorate. Matt Levin,, "Californians leave for Texas in numbers, making politically red state closer to purple," 10 Oct. 2020 Social distance doesn’t necessarily feel synonymous with the rush of Christmas shopping. Jordyn Holman,, "Election, Pandemic Are One-Two Punch in Retail’s Most Crucial Season," 6 Oct. 2020 In a country nearly synonymous with wealth — the home of the Swiss bank account and six-figure wristwatches — such anti-elitism is a little difficult to parse. Kate Kelly, New York Times, "The Short Tenure and Abrupt Ouster of Banking’s Sole Black C.E.O.," 3 Oct. 2020 Woody Lopez is a name that is pretty synonymous with St. Bernard Parish. Jim Derry | Staff Writer,, "Corey Bordelon: 'You can’t take anything for granted'," 30 Sep. 2020 Freeform's 31 Nights of Halloween has become as synonymous with the fall holiday as trick-or-treating, haunted houses, or Heidi Klum in full body paint. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween Movie Schedule Is Here," 17 Sep. 2020 The genderless headdress, once synonymous with hip-hop stars, has become an item that signifies Black beauty. Chevaz Clarke, CBS News, "Everyone wants a piece of Telfar Clemens," 10 Sep. 2020 Many of those operations are in southern Oregon, a region synonymous with outdoor cannabis cultivation. oregonlive, "Oregon’s marijuana businesses face threat from devastating wildfires; 1 in 5 under some evacuation level statewide," 10 Sep. 2020 Lord & Taylor is an iconic name in the department store business, its brand once synonymous with luxury. cleveland, "Lord & Taylor going out of business, liquidation sale begins," 28 Aug. 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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22 Oct 2020

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“Synonymous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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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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