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match

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1 a competitive encounter between individuals or groups carried on for amusement, exercise, or in pursuit of a prize
  • a chess match

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2 a union representing a special kind of social and legal partnership between two people
  • from all appearances those two have got a good match there

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3 either of a pair matched in one or more qualities
  • I can't find the match to this sock

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4 one that is equal to another in status, achievement, or value
  • for a wife he wants a woman who will be his match in every aspect of their lives

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5 something or someone that strongly resembles another
  • Erin is so nearly my exact match you'd think she must be my twin and not just my cousin

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6 an earnest effort for superiority or victory over another
  • the discussion soon degenerated into a pointless shouting match

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match

verb

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1 to be the exact counterpart of
  • does this handbag's shade of blue match my navy blue pants?
  • the rare blood type that exactly matched that of the transplant recipient

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2 to give in marriage
  • they were happy to match their daughter to a man from a good family

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3 to produce something equal to (as in quality or value)
  • no one has ever been able to match that novel for its portrayal of the horrors of war

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“Match.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/match. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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