1 of 3


: resembling in every relevant respect
: conforming in every respect
used with as
: being one without addition, change, or discontinuance : identical
: being the one under discussion or already referred to
: corresponding so closely as to be indistinguishable
: equal in size, shape, value, or importance
usually used with the or a demonstrative (such as that, those) in all senses


2 of 3


: something identical with or similar to another
: something or someone previously mentioned or described
often used with the or a demonstrative (such as that, those) in both senses


3 of 3


: in the same manner
used with the or a demonstrative (such as that, those)
all the same or just the same
: despite everything : nevertheless
Choose the Right Synonym for same

same, selfsame, very, identical, equivalent, equal mean not different or not differing from one another.

same may imply and selfsame always implies that the things under consideration are one thing and not two or more things.

took the same route
derived from the selfsame source

very, like selfsame, may imply identity, or, like same may imply likeness in kind.

the very point I was trying to make

identical may imply selfsameness or suggest absolute agreement in all details.

identical results

equivalent implies amounting to the same thing in worth or significance.

two houses equivalent in market value

equal implies being identical in value, magnitude, or some specified quality.

equal shares in the business

Examples of same in a Sentence

Adjective The words “their” and “there” are pronounced in exactly the same way but spelled differently. She gave the same answer as before. He eats the same breakfast every day. The same thing happened to me yesterday. Pronoun “I'll have a coffee with cream and two sugars.” “Make mine the same.” Your idea is the same as his. All of your classmates have begun their projects, and I suggest you do the same. The band's last album was a bunch of bubble-gum pop, and their new release is just more of the same. After the accident, he was never quite the same again. Things would never be the same without you! Things are very much the same as before.
Recent Examples on the Web
Violent crime is down 22 percent over that same period. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2024 The play was never produced, and perhaps never finished; that same year, Durang received a diagnosis of logopenic primary progressive aphasia, a rare form of dementia that robbed him of language and, ultimately, his life. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 15 Apr. 2024 The settlement was a culmination of four different lawsuits brought together in a New Jersey court, that same state where Verizon is headquartered. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 15 Apr. 2024 Medical students also are scheduled to start classes that same year. Chase Jordan, Charlotte Observer, 15 Apr. 2024 Those same providers are now readying for a second wave. Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2024 Nonetheless, that same player found a way to score the deciding run in a 5-3 Dodgers victory over the Boston Braves, after reaching first base in the seventh inning following an error. Scott Talley, Detroit Free Press, 14 Apr. 2024 Or, instead, these same feelings might arise as some kind of confusion and indecisiveness. Georgia Nicols, The Denver Post, 13 Apr. 2024 That same year, Chile's socialist president, Salvador Allende, was ousted in a U.S.-backed coup. Caitlin Yilek, CBS News, 12 Apr. 2024
What is different/same between this Colts team and previous ones? Stephanie Stradley, Houston Chronicle, 17 Oct. 2019 Stradley: What is different/same between this Steelers' team and previous ones? Stephanie Stradley, Houston Chronicle, 22 Dec. 2017 Without the wireless mousepad, that chamber can be used for optional weights same as...well, most Logitech gaming mice. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, 12 June 2017

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Word History



Middle English, from Old Norse samr; akin to Old High German sama same, Latin simulis like, simul together, at the same time, similis like, sem- one, Greek homos same, hama together, hen-, heis one

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1766, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of same was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Same.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
: resembling in every respect
the same answer as before
: not another
the same school
: very much alike
on the same day last year


2 of 2 pronoun
: the same one or ones

Medical Definition


: S-adenosylmethionine especially when used as a dietary supplement (as to relieve depression or arthritic pain and inflammation)

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