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."

Primary Meanings of match

1.
nv
a formal contest in which two or more persons or teams compete
set into opposition or rivalry
2.
nv
an exact duplicate
make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching
3.
v
bring two objects, ideas, or people together
4.
n
lighter consisting of a thin piece of wood or cardboard tipped with combustible chemical; ignites with friction
Full Definitions of match
1

n 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

n the score needed to win a match

Type of:
score
a number that expresses the accomplishment of a team or an individual in a game or contest

v set into opposition or rivalry

“let them match their best athletes against ours”
Synonyms:
oppose, pit, play off
Type of:
confront, face
oppose, as in hostility or a competition
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n an exact duplicate

“when a match is found an entry is made in the notebook”
Synonyms:
mate
Type of:
duplicate, duplication
a copy that corresponds to an original exactly

n something that resembles or harmonizes with

“that tie makes a good match with your jacket”
Type of:
counterpart, opposite number, vis-a-vis
a person or thing having the same function or characteristics as another

n a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect

Synonyms:
catch
Type of:
adult, grownup
a fully developed person from maturity onward

n 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
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

n a pair of people who live together

Synonyms:
couple, mates
Types:
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)
Type of:
family, family unit
primary social group; parents and children

v 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
Types:
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.
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v provide funds complementary to

“The company matched the employees' contributions”
Type of:
furnish, provide, render, supply
give something useful or necessary to

v 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
Type of:
adjust, correct, set
alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard

v be equal or harmonize

“The two pieces match
Synonyms:
fit
make correspond or harmonize
Type of:
adapt, adjust, conform
adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions

v 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, concord, consort, fit in, harmonise, harmonize
be harmonious or consistent with
Antonyms:
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
to 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, concord, consort, fit in, harmonise, harmonize
be harmonious or consistent with
pattern
form a pattern
adhere
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
Type of:
be, equal
be identical or equivalent to

v satisfy or fulfill

“this job doesn't match my dreams”
Synonyms:
cope with, meet
Type of:
contend, cope, deal, get by, grapple, make do, make out, manage
come to terms with

v 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
Type of:
compete, contend, vie
compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others
3

v bring two objects, ideas, or people together

“Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?”
Synonyms:
couple, mate, pair, twin
Types:
mismate
provide with an unsuitable mate
mismatch
match badly; match two objects or people that do not go together
Type of:
bring together, join
cause to become joined or linked

v give or join in marriage

Synonyms:
couple, mate, pair, twin
bring two objects, ideas, or people together
Type of:
bring together, join
cause to become joined or linked
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n 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
Type of:
igniter, ignitor, light, lighter
a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires

n a burning piece of wood or cardboard

“if you drop a match in there the whole place will explode”
Type of:
igniter, ignitor, light, lighter
a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires

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