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English noun: pair

1. pair (group) a set of two similar things considered as a unit


Broader (hypernym)set

Narrower (hyponym)Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Tweedledum and Tweedledee

2. pair (quantity) two items of the same kind

Synonymsbrace, couple, couplet, distich, duad, duet, duo, dyad, span, twain, twosome, yoke

Broader (hypernym)2, deuce, II, two

Narrower (hyponym)doubleton

Part holonymfellow, mate

3. pair (group) two people considered as a unit

Broader (hypernym)assemblage, gathering

Narrower (hyponym)couple, duet, duo, twosome, yoke

4. pair (group) a poker hand with 2 cards of the same value

Broader (hypernym)poker hand

English verb: pair

1. pair (social) form a pair or pairs

SamplesThe two old friends paired off.

Synonymscouple, pair off, partner off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)unify, unite

2. pair (contact) bring two objects, ideas, or people together

SamplesThis fact is coupled to the other one.
Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?.
The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project.

Synonymscouple, match, mate, twin

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)bring together, join

Narrower (hyponym)mismatch, mismate

Verb groupmatch

3. pair (contact) occur in pairs


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)occur

Verb groupgeminate, pair

4. pair (contact) arrange in pairs

SamplesPair these numbers.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)arrange, set up

Verb groupgeminate, pair

5. pair (contact) engage in sexual intercourse

SamplesBirds mate in the Spring.

Synonymscopulate, couple, mate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)conjoin, join

Narrower (hyponym)bang, be intimate, bed, bonk, breed, bugger, cover, deflower, do it, eff, fuck, get it on, get laid, have a go at it, have intercourse, have it away, have it off, have sex, hump, jazz, know, lie with, love, make love, make out, mount, nick, ride, roll in the hay, ruin, screw, serve, service, sleep together, sleep with, sodomise, sodomise, sodomize, sodomize, tread

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