match

A match is a competition or game, like a soccer match. Another type of match places people together instead of opposing one another. Perhaps you'll find your perfect match on an online dating web site.

You might cheer at a boxing match or challenge your friend to a tennis match. Another kind of match is a pair of things that go together or are equal: "His zombie costume was a perfect match with his best friend's." There's also the match you strike to start a fire: "She lit the candle with a match." This match has a Greek root meaning "lamp wick," while other matches come from the Proto-Germanic gamakon, "fitting together."

Definitions of match
  1. noun
    a formal contest in which two or more persons or teams compete
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    boxing match
    a match between boxers; usually held in a boxing ring
    chess match
    a match between chess players
    cockfight
    a match in a cockpit between two fighting cocks heeled with metal gaffs
    cricket match
    a match between two cricket teams
    diving, diving event
    an athletic competition that involves diving into water
    field event
    a competition that takes place on a field rather than on a running track
    final
    the final match between the winners of all previous matches in an elimination tournament
    quarterfinal
    one of the four competitions in an elimination tournament whose winners go on to play in the semifinals
    semi, semifinal
    one of the two competitions in the next to the last round of an elimination tournament
    swimming event
    an athletic competition that involves swimming
    tennis match
    a match between tennis players
    match game, matched game, test match
    an international championship match
    wrestling match
    a match between wrestlers
    cup final
    the final match of any cup competition (such as the annual final of the English soccer competition at Wembley)
    high jump
    a competition that involves jumping as high as possible over a horizontal bar
    broad jump, long jump
    a competition that involves jumping as far as possible from a running start
    pole jump, pole jumping, pole vault, pole vaulting
    a competition that involves jumping over a high crossbar with the aid of a long pole
    shot put
    an athletic competition in which a heavy metal ball is hurled as far as possible
    hammer throw
    an athletic competition in which a heavy metal ball that is attached to a flexible wire is hurled as far as possible
    discus
    an athletic competition in which a disk-shaped object is thrown as far as possible
    javelin
    an athletic competition in which a javelin is thrown as far as possible
    sparring match
    a practice or exhibition boxing match
    prize fight, prizefight
    a boxing match between professional boxers for a cash prize
    type of:
    competition, contest
    an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants
  2. noun
    the score needed to win a match
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    score
    a number that expresses the accomplishment of a team or an individual in a game or contest
  3. verb
    set into opposition or rivalry
    “let them match their best athletes against ours”
    synonyms: oppose, pit, play off
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    confront, face
    oppose, as in hostility or a competition
  4. noun
    an exact duplicate
    “when a match is found an entry is made in the notebook”
    synonyms: mate
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    duplicate, duplication
    a copy that corresponds to an original exactly
  5. noun
    something that resembles or harmonizes with
    “that tie makes a good match with your jacket”
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    counterpart, opposite number, vis-a-vis
    a person or thing having the same function or characteristics as another
  6. noun
    a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect
    synonyms: catch
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    adult, grownup
    a fully developed person from maturity onward
  7. noun
    a person who is of equal standing with another in a group
    synonyms: compeer, equal, peer
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    associate
    a person who joins with others in some activity or endeavor
    coeval, contemporary
    a person of nearly the same age as another
    gangsta
    (Black English) a member of a youth gang
    backup, backup man, fill-in, relief, reliever, stand-in, substitute
    someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)
    replacement, successor
    a person who follows next in order
    townsman
    a person from the same town as yourself
    adjunct
    a person who is an assistant or subordinate to another
    affiliate
    a subordinate or subsidiary associate; a person who is affiliated with another or with an organization
    ally, friend
    an associate who provides cooperation or assistance
    bedfellow
    a temporary associate
    collaborator, cooperator, pardner, partner
    an associate in an activity or endeavor or sphere of common interest
    colleague, confrere, fellow
    a person who is member of one's class or profession
    co-worker, colleague, fellow worker, workfellow
    an associate that one works with
    locum, locum tenens
    someone (physician or clergyman) who substitutes temporarily for another member of the same profession
    fellow member, member
    one of the persons who compose a social group (especially individuals who have joined and participate in a group organization)
    participant
    someone who takes part in an activity
    shipmate
    an associate on the same ship with you
    double, stunt man, stunt woman
    a stand-in for movie stars to perform dangerous stunts
    alternate, replacement, surrogate
    someone who takes the place of another person
    mate, teammate
    a fellow member of a team
    stakeholder
    a person who has an interest or share in something, especially a business
    comrade
    someone with whom one has endured a dangerous situation, especially a fellow soldier
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    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
  8. noun
    a pair of people who live together
    synonyms: couple, mates
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    power couple
    a couple both of whom have high-powered careers or are politically influential
    DINK
    a couple who both have careers and no children (an acronym for dual income no kids)
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    family, family unit
    primary social group; parents and children
  9. verb
    make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching
    “The company matched the discount policy of its competitors”
    synonyms: equal, equalise, equalize, equate
    equal, rival, touch
    be equal to in quality or ability
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    homologise, homologize
    make homologous
    homogenise, homogenize
    cause to become equal or homogeneous as by mixing
    draw, tie
    finish a game with an equal number of points, goals, etc.
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  10. verb
    provide funds complementary to
    “The company matched the employees' contributions”
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    furnish, provide, render, supply
    give something useful or necessary to
  11. verb
    make correspond or harmonize
    Match my sweater”
    synonyms: fit
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    balance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize
    bring into balance or equilibrium
    complement
    make complete or perfect; supply what is wanting or form the complement to
    compensate, correct, counterbalance, even off, even out, even up, make up
    adjust for
    cancel, offset, set off
    make up for
    countervail, offset
    compensate for or counterbalance
    trim
    balance in flight by regulating the control surfaces
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    adjust, correct, set
    alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard
  12. verb
    be equal or harmonize
    “The two pieces match
    Synonyms:
    fit
    make correspond or harmonize
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    adapt, adjust, conform
    adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions
  13. verb
    be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
    “The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun”
    synonyms: agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, tally
    check, check out
    be verified or confirmed; pass inspection
    accord, agree, comport, concord, consort, fit in, harmonise, harmonize
    be harmonious or consistent with
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    disaccord, disagree, discord
    be different from one another
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    consist
    be consistent in form, tenor, or character; be congruous
    look
    accord in appearance with
    answer
    match or correspond
    coincide
    be the same
    align
    be or come into adjustment with
    correlate
    bear a reciprocal or mutual relation
    parallel
    be parallel to
    duplicate, parallel, twin
    duplicate or match
    square
    be compatible with
    bear out, corroborate, support, underpin
    support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm
    resemble
    appear like; be similar or bear a likeness to
    conform to, fit, meet
    satisfy a condition or restriction
    homologize
    be homologous
    befit, beseem, suit
    accord or comport with
    accord, agree, comport, concord, consort, fit in, harmonise, harmonize
    be harmonious or consistent with
    pattern
    form a pattern
    adhere, hew
    be compatible or in accordance with
    rhyme, rime
    be similar in sound, especially with respect to the last syllable
    coordinate
    be co-ordinated
    look like
    bear a physical resemblance to
    come to life
    be lifelike, as of a painting
    take after
    be similar to a relative
    approximate, come close
    be close or similar
    fill the bill, fit the bill
    be what is needed or be good enough for what is required
    behoove, behove
    be appropriate or necessary
    fulfil, fulfill, live up to, satisfy
    meet the requirements or expectations of
    imitate
    appear like, as in behavior or appearance
    echo, recall
    call to mind
    blend, blend in, go
    blend or harmonize
    accommodate, fit, suit
    be agreeable or acceptable to
    assonate
    correspond in vowel sounds; rhyme in assonance
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    be, equal
    be identical or equivalent to
  14. verb
    satisfy or fulfill
    “this job doesn't match my dreams”
    synonyms: cope with, meet
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    contend, cope, deal, get by, grapple, make do, make out, manage
    come to terms with
  15. verb
    be equal to in quality or ability
    “Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents”
    synonyms: equal, rival, touch
    equal, equalise, equalize, equate
    make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching
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    compete, contend, vie
    compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others
  16. verb
    bring two objects, ideas, or people together
    “Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?”
    synonyms: couple, mate, pair, twin
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    mismate
    provide with an unsuitable mate
    mismatch
    match badly; match two objects or people that do not go together
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    bring together, join
    cause to become joined or linked
  17. verb
    give or join in marriage
    Synonyms:
    couple, mate, pair, twin
    bring two objects, ideas, or people together
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    bring together, join
    cause to become joined or linked
  18. noun
    lighter consisting of a thin piece of wood or cardboard tipped with combustible chemical; ignites with friction
    “he always carries matches to light his pipe”
    synonyms: friction match, lucifer
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    fusee, fuzee
    a friction match with a large head that will stay alight in the wind
    kitchen match
    a wooden friction match that will light on any granular surface; useful to light wood or gas stoves
    book matches, safety match
    a paper match that strikes only on a specially prepared surface
    slow match
    match or fuse made to burn slowly and evenly
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    igniter, ignitor, light, lighter
    a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires
  19. noun
    a burning piece of wood or cardboard
    “if you drop a match in there the whole place will explode”
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    igniter, ignitor, light, lighter
    a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires
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