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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.


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


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


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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