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English noun: match

1. match (artifact) lighter consisting of a thin piece of wood or cardboard tipped with combustible chemical; ignites with friction


SamplesHe always carries matches to light his pipe.
As long you've a lucifer to light your fag.


Synonymsfriction match, lucifer


Broader (hypernym)igniter, ignitor, light, lighter


Narrower (hyponym)book matches, fusee, fuzee, kitchen match, safety match, slow match


Part holonymmatchstick

2. match (event) a formal contest in which two or more persons or teams compete


Broader (hypernym)competition, contest


Narrower (hyponym)boxing match, chess match, cockfight, cricket match, diving, diving event, field event, final, match game, matched game, quarterfinal, semi, semifinal, swimming event, tennis match, test match, wrestling match

3. match (artifact) a burning piece of wood or cardboard


SamplesIf you drop a match in there the whole place will explode.


Broader (hypernym)igniter, ignitor, light, lighter

4. match (artifact) an exact duplicate


SamplesWhen a match is found an entry is made in the notebook.


Synonymsmate


Broader (hypernym)duplicate, duplication

5. match (quantity) the score needed to win a match


Broader (hypernym)score

6. match (person) a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect


Synonymscatch


Broader (hypernym)adult, grownup

7. match (person) a person who is of equal standing with another in a group


Synonymscompeer, equal, peer


Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul


Narrower (hyponym)associate, backup, backup man, coeval, contemporary, fill-in, gangsta, relief, reliever, replacement, stand-in, substitute, successor, townsman


Member meronympeer group

8. match (group) a pair of people who live together


SamplesA married couple from Chicago.


Synonymscouple, mates


Broader (hypernym)family, family unit


Narrower (hyponym)DINK, power couple

9. match (cognition) something that resembles or harmonizes with


SamplesThat tie makes a good match with your jacket.


Broader (hypernym)counterpart, opposite number, vis-a-vis


English verb: match

1. match (stative) be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics


SamplesThe two stories don't agree in many details.
The handwriting checks with the signature on the check.
The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun.


Synonymsagree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, tally


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)be, equal


Narrower (hyponym)accord, adhere, agree, align, answer, bear out, befit, beseem, coincide, concord, conform to, consist, consort, correlate, corroborate, duplicate, fit, fit in, harmonise, harmonize, homologize, look, meet, parallel, parallel, pattern, resemble, rhyme, rime, square, suit, support, twin, underpin


Verb groupaccord, agree, check, check out, concord, consort, fit in, harmonise, harmonize


Antonymsdisaccord, discord, disagree

2. match (possession) provide funds complementary to


SamplesThe company matched the employees' contributions.


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


Broader (hypernym)furnish, provide, render, supply

3. match (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, mate, pair, twin


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


Broader (hypernym)bring together, join


Narrower (hyponym)mismatch, mismate


Verb groupmatch

4. match (stative) be equal to in quality or ability


SamplesNothing can rival cotton for durability.
Your performance doesn't even touch that of your colleagues.
Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents.


Synonymsequal, rival, touch


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


Broader (hypernym)compete, contend, vie


Verb groupequal, equalise, equalize, equate, match

5. match (change) make correspond or harmonize


SamplesMatch my sweater.


ExamplesThey match the cape


Synonymsfit


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)adjust, correct, set


Narrower (hyponym)balance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize


Verb groupmatch

6. match (social) satisfy or fulfill


SamplesMeet a need.
This job doesn't match my dreams.


Synonymscope with, meet


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)contend, cope, deal, get by, grapple, make do, make out, manage

7. match (contact) give or join in marriage


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)bring together, join


Verb groupcouple, match, mate, pair, twin

8. match (competition) set into opposition or rivalry


SamplesLet them match their best athletes against ours.
Pit a chess player against the Russian champion.
He plays his two children off against each other.


Synonymsoppose, pit, play off


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)confront, face

9. match (change) be equal or harmonize


SamplesThe two pieces match.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)adapt, adjust, conform


Verb groupfit, match

10. match (change) make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching


SamplesLet's equalize the duties among all employees in this office.
The company matched the discount policy of its competitors.


Synonymsequal, equalise, equalize, equate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)draw, homogenise, homogenize, homologise, homologize, tie


Verb groupequal, match, rival, touch









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