pair

A pair is something that comes in a set of two — like a pair of shoes or a pair of tennis players who make great doubles partners.

Pair can also work as a verb. Think of Noah pairing animals on the ark so he could save their species from the flood. And, along those same lines, the verb to pair is sometimes used to mean reproductive pairing (something pairs of shoes wouldn't dream of doing).

Definitions of pair
  1. noun
    a set of two similar things considered as a unit
    synonyms: brace
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    Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Tweedledum and Tweedledee
    any two people who are hard to tell apart
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    set
    a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used
  2. noun
    two people considered as a unit
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    couple, duet, duo, twosome
    a pair who associate with one another
    yoke
    a pair of draft animals joined by a yoke
    same-sex marriage
    two people of the same sex who live together as a family
    type of:
    assemblage, gathering
    a group of persons together in one place
  3. noun
    two items of the same kind
    synonyms: brace, couple, couplet, distich, duad, duet, duo, dyad, span, twain, twosome, yoke
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    doubleton
    (bridge) a pair of playing cards that are the only cards in their suit in the hand dealt to a player
    type of:
    2, II, deuce, two
    the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one or a numeral representing this number
  4. noun
    a poker hand with 2 cards of the same value
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    poker hand
    the 5 cards held in a game of poker
  5. verb
    arrange in pairs
    Pair these numbers”
    synonyms: geminate
    geminate
    occur in pairs
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    arrange, set up
    put into a proper or systematic order
  6. verb
    bring two objects, ideas, or people together
    “The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project”
    synonyms: couple, match, mate, twin
    match
    give or join in marriage
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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
  7. verb
    form a pair or pairs
    “The two old friends paired off”
    synonyms: couple, pair off, partner off
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    unify, unite
    act in concert or unite in a common purpose or belief
  8. verb
    occur in pairs
    synonyms: geminate
    geminate
    arrange in pairs
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    occur
    to be found to exist
  9. verb
    engage in sexual intercourse
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    nick
    mate successfully; of livestock
    have intercourse, have sex, love, roll in the hay
    have sexual intercourse with
    tread
    mate with
    serve, service
    mate with
    have, take
    have sex with; archaic use
    fornicate
    have sex without being married
    stand
    be available for stud services
    type of:
    conjoin, join
    make contact or come together
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