Definition of Match

1. Verb. Be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics. "The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun"

2. Noun. Lighter consisting of a thin piece of wood or cardboard tipped with combustible chemical; ignites with friction. "As long you've a lucifer to light your fag"
Exact synonyms: Friction Match, Lucifer
Specialized synonyms: Fusee, Fuzee, Kitchen Match, Book Matches, Safety Match, Slow Match
Generic synonyms: Igniter, Ignitor, Light, Lighter
Terms within: Matchstick

3. Verb. Provide funds complementary to. "The company matched the employees' contributions"
Generic synonyms: Furnish, Provide, Render, Supply

4. Noun. A formal contest in which two or more persons or teams compete.

5. Verb. Bring two objects, ideas, or people together. "The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project"
Exact synonyms: Couple, Mate, Pair, Twin
Specialized synonyms: Mismate, Mismatch
Generic synonyms: Bring Together, Join
Derivative terms: Couple, Coupling, Mate, Pair, Pair

6. Noun. A burning piece of wood or cardboard. "If you drop a match in there the whole place will explode"
Generic synonyms: Igniter, Ignitor, Light, Lighter

7. Verb. Be equal to in quality or ability. "Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents"
Exact synonyms: Equal, Rival, Touch
Related verbs: Equal, Equalise, Equalize, Equate
Generic synonyms: Compete, Contend, Vie
Derivative terms: Equal

8. Noun. An exact duplicate. "When a match is found an entry is made in the notebook"
Exact synonyms: Mate
Generic synonyms: Duplicate, Duplication
Derivative terms: Mate

9. Verb. Make correspond or harmonize. "They match the cape "; "Match my sweater"
Exact synonyms: Fit
Generic synonyms: Adjust, Correct, Set
Specialized synonyms: Balance, Equilibrate, Equilibrise, Equilibrize
Derivative terms: Fitting

10. Noun. The score needed to win a match.
Generic synonyms: Score

11. Verb. Satisfy or fulfill. "This job doesn't match my dreams"
Exact synonyms: Cope With, Meet
Generic synonyms: Contend, Cope, Deal, Get By, Grapple, Make Do, Make Out, Manage

12. Noun. A person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect.
Exact synonyms: Catch
Generic synonyms: Adult, Grownup
Derivative terms: Catch

13. Verb. Give or join in marriage.
Related verbs: Couple, Mate, Pair, Twin
Generic synonyms: Bring Together, Join
Derivative terms: Matcher

14. Noun. A person who is of equal standing with another in a group.
Exact synonyms: Compeer, Equal, Peer
Generic synonyms: Individual, Mortal, Person, Somebody, Someone, Soul
Group relationships: Peer Group
Specialized synonyms: Associate, Coeval, Contemporary, Gangsta, Backup, Backup Man, Fill-in, Relief, Reliever, Stand-in, Substitute, Replacement, Successor, Townsman
Derivative terms: Equal, Equal, Equate, Equate

15. Verb. Set into opposition or rivalry. "He plays his two children off against each other"
Exact synonyms: Oppose, Pit, Play Off
Generic synonyms: Confront, Face
Derivative terms: Opponent, Opponent, Playoff

16. Noun. A pair of people who live together. "A married couple from Chicago"
Exact synonyms: Couple, Mates
Generic synonyms: Family, Family Unit
Specialized synonyms: Power Couple, Dink
Derivative terms: Couple

17. Verb. Be equal or harmonize. "The two pieces match"
Generic synonyms: Adapt, Adjust, Conform
Related verbs: Fit

18. Noun. Something that resembles or harmonizes with. "That tie makes a good match with your jacket"

19. Verb. Make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching. "The company matched the discount policy of its competitors"
Exact synonyms: Equal, Equalise, Equalize, Equate
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Specialized synonyms: Homologise, Homologize, Homogenise, Homogenize, Draw, Tie
Related verbs: Equal, Rival, Touch
Derivative terms: Equalisation, Equaliser, Equalization, Equalizer, Equal, Equation, Equator

Definition of Match

1. n. Anything used for catching and retaining or communicating fire, made of some substance which takes fire readily, or remains burning some time; esp., a small strip or splint of wood dipped at one end in a substance which can be easily ignited by friction, as a preparation of phosphorus or chlorate of potassium.

2. n. A person or thing equal or similar to another; one able to mate or cope with another; an equal; a mate.

3. v. t. To be a mate or match for; to be able to complete with; to rival successfully; to equal.

4. v. i. To be united in marriage; to mate.

Definition of Match

1. Noun. (sports) Sporting event such as a boxing meet, a baseball game, or a cricket match. ¹

2. Noun. Someone with a measure of an attribute equaling or exceeding the object of comparison. ¹

3. Noun. A marriage. ¹

4. Noun. Suitability. ¹

5. Noun. Equivalence; a state of correspondence. ¹

6. Noun. A pair of items or entities with mutually suitable characteristics. ¹

7. Verb. (intransitive) To agree, to be equal, to correspond to. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive) To make a successful match or pairing. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) To equal or exceed in achievement. ¹

10. Noun. Device made of wood or paper, at the tip coated with chemicals that ignite with the friction of being dragged (struck) against a rough dry surface. ¹

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Definition of Match

1. to set in competition or opposition [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

Medical Definition of Match

1. 1. A person or thing equal or similar to another; one able to mate or cope with another; an equal; a mate. "Government . . . Makes an innocent man, though of the lowest rank, a match for the mightiest of his fellow subjects." (Addison) 2. A bringing together of two parties suited to one another, as for a union, a trial of skill or force, a contest, or the like; as, specifically: A contest to try strength or skill, or to determine superiority; an emulous struggle. "Many a warlike match." "A solemn match was made; he lost the prize." (Dryden) A matrimonial union; a marriage. 3. An agreement, compact, etc. "Thy hand upon that match." "Love doth seldom suffer itself to be confined by other matches than those of its own making." (Boyle) 4. A candidate for matrimony; one to be gained in marriage. "She . . . Was looked upon as the richest match of the West." 5. Equality of conditions in contest or competition. "It were no match, your nail against his horn." (Shak) 6. Suitable combination or bringing together; that which corresponds or harmonizes with something else; as, the carpet and curtains are a match. 7. A perforated board, block of plaster, hardened sand, etc, in which a pattern is partly imbedded when a mold is made, for giving shape to the surfaces of separation between the parts of the mold. Match boarding, a cogwheel of suitable pitch to work with another wheel; specifically, one of a pair of cogwheels of equal size. Origin: OE. Macche, AS. Gemaecca; akin to gemaca, and to OS. Gimako, OHG. Gimah fitting, suitable, convenient, Icel. Mark suitable, maki mate, Sw. Make, Dan. Mage; all from the root of E. Make, v. See Make mate, and Make, and cf. Mate an associate. Anything used for catching and retaining or communicating fire, made of some substance which takes fire readily, or remains burning some time; especially, a small strip or splint of wood dipped at one end in a substance which can be easily ignited by friction, as a preparation of phosphorus or chlorate of potassium. Match box, a box for holding matches. Match tub, a tub with a perforated cover for holding slow matches for firing cannon, esp. On board ship. The tub contains a little water in the bottom, for extinguishing sparks from the lighted matches. Quick match, threads of cotton or cotton wick soaked in a solution of gunpowder mixed with gum arabic and boiling water and afterwards strewed over with mealed powder. It burns at the rate of one yard in thirteen seconds, and is used as priming for heavy mortars, fireworks, etc. Slow match, slightly twisted hempen rope soaked in a solution of limewater and saltpeter or washed in a lye of water and wood ashes. It burns at the rate of four or five inches an hour, and is used for firing cannon, fireworks, etc. Origin: OE. Macche, F. Meche, F. Meche, fr. L. Myxa a lamp nozzle, Gr. Mucus, nostril, a lamp nozzle. Cf. Mucus. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Match

matamata turtle
match (current term)
match day
match drill
match fixing
match game
match made in heaven
match made in hell
match plane
match play
match point

Literary usage of Match

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Roughing It by Mark Twain (2001)
"One cannot think how good a match looks under such circumstances—or how lovable and precious, and sacredly beautiful to the eye. ..."

2. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"Л & i. pair, match; see MARRY. material, a. 1. Spec, corporeal, carnal (archaic, exc. spec.), corporal (literary; rare), bodily, physical, objective, ..."

3. An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1893)
"Der. match-loci, ie a lock of a gun holding a match, and hence the gun itself; added by Todd to Johnson's Diet. adj. which appears as ..."

4. The Lives of the Lord Chancellors and Keepers of the Great Seal of England by John Campbell Campbell (1845)
"He was delighted to hear that Lady Hatton disliked the match as much as himself, ... This match, out of my faith and freedom towards your Lordship, ..."

5. The Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee (1909)
"His name must, however, always be associated with the history of the game, lie played in the first regular Eton and Harrow match in 1822, ..."

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