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parallel

adjective

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parallel

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of parallel (Entry 2 of 3)

1 a point which two or more things share in common
  • her professor pointed out some parallels between the two novels

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2 one that is equal to another in status, achievement, or value
  • an advance that is without parallel in the history of virology

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parallel

verb

Synonyms of parallel (Entry 3 of 3)

to be the exact counterpart of
  • developments in the television show paralleled those in the lead actor's real life

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How does the adjective parallel contrast with its synonyms?

The words analogous and similar are common synonyms of parallel. While all three words mean "closely resembling each other," parallel suggests a marked likeness in the development of two things.

the parallel careers of two movie stars

When can analogous be used instead of parallel?

In some situations, the words analogous and parallel are roughly equivalent. However, analogous applies to things belonging in essentially different categories but nevertheless having many similarities.

analogous political systems

When would similar be a good substitute for parallel?

While the synonyms similar and parallel are close in meaning, similar implies the possibility of being mistaken for each other.

all the houses in the development are similar

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The first known use of parallel was circa 1550

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“Parallel.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/parallel. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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