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match - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'match' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Match [ n.]
- Anything used for catching and retaining or communicating fire, made of some substance which takes fire readily, or remains burning some time; esp., a small strip or splint of wood dipped at one end in a substance which can be easily ignited by friction, as a preparation of phosphorus or chlorate of potassium.
2 . Match [ v.]
- A person or thing equal or similar to another; one able to mate or cope with another; an equal; a mate.
- A bringing together of two parties suited to one another, as for a union, a trial of skill or force, a contest, or the like
- A contest to try strength or skill, or to determine superiority; an emulous struggle.
- A matrimonial union; a marriage.
- An agreement, compact, etc.
- A candidate for matrimony; one to be gained in marriage.
- Equality of conditions in contest or competition.
- Suitable combination or bringing together; that which corresponds or harmonizes with something else; as, the carpet and curtains are a match.
- A perforated board, block of plaster, hardened sand, etc., in which a pattern is partly imbedded when a mold is made, for giving shape to the surfaces of separation between the parts of the mold.
3 . Match [ v. i.]
- To be united in marriage; to mate.
- To be of equal, or similar, size, figure, color, or quality; to tally; to suit; to correspond; as, these vases match.
4 . Match [ v. t.]
- To be a mate or match for; to be able to complete with; to rival successfully; to equal.
- To furnish with its match; to bring a match, or equal, against; to show an equal competitor to; to set something in competition with, or in opposition to, as equal.
- To oppose as equal; to contend successfully against.
- To make or procure the equal of, or that which is exactly similar to, or corresponds with; as, to match a vase or a horse; to match cloth.
- To make equal, proportionate, or suitable; to adapt, fit, or suit (one thing to another).
- To marry; to give in marriage.
- To fit together, or make suitable for fitting together; specifically, to furnish with a tongue and a groove, at the edges; as, to match boards.

Meaning of 'match' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . match [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a pair of people who live together
Example in sentence:
  • a married couple from Chicago
Meaning (2):
- lighter consisting of a thin piece of wood or cardboard tipped with combustible chemical; ignites with friction
Example in sentence:
  • as long you've a lucifer to light your fag;
  • he always carries matches to light his pipe
Meaning (3):
- a burning piece of wood or cardboard
Example in sentence:
  • if you drop a match in there the whole place will explode
Meaning (4):
- something that resembles or harmonizes with
Example in sentence:
  • that tie makes a good match with your jacket
Meaning (5):
- an exact duplicate
Example in sentence:
  • when a match is found an entry is made in the notebook
6 . match [ v]
Meaning (6):
- set into opposition or rivalry
Example in sentence:
  • He plays his two children off against each other;
  • let them match their best athletes against ours;
  • pit a chess player against the Russian champion
Meaning (7):
- be equal to in quality or ability
Example in sentence:
  • Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents;
  • Nothing can rival cotton for durability;
  • Your performance doesn't even touch that of your colleagues
Meaning (8):
- make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching
Example in sentence:
  • let's equalize the duties among all employees in this office;
  • The company matched the discount policy of its competitors
Meaning (9):
- make correspond or harmonize
Example in sentence:
  • Match my sweater
Meaning (10):
- bring two objects, ideas, or people together
Example in sentence:
  • Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?;
  • The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project;
  • This fact is coupled to the other one
Meaning (11):
- provide funds complementary to
Example in sentence:
  • The company matched the employees' contributions
Meaning (12):
- be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
Example in sentence:
  • The handwriting checks with the signature on the check;
  • The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun;
  • The two stories don't agree in many details
Meaning (13):
- be equal or harmonize
Example in sentence:
  • The two pieces match