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Definitions of match

match1 (mætʃ Pronunciation for match1



  1. a formal game or sports event in which people, teams, etc, compete to win
  2. a person or thing able to provide competition for another   ⇒ she's met her match in talking ability
  3. a person or thing that resembles, harmonizes with, or is equivalent to another in a specified respect   ⇒ that coat is a good match for your hat
  4. a person or thing that is an exact copy or equal of another
    1. a partnership between a man and a woman, as in marriage
    2. an arrangement for such a partnership
  5. a person regarded as a possible partner, as in marriage

verb (mainly transitive)

  1. to fit (parts) together   ⇒ to match the tongue and groove of boards
  2. (also intransitive) sometimes foll by up to resemble, harmonize with, correspond to, or equal (one another or something else)   ⇒ the skirt matches your shoes well
  3. sometimes foll by with or against to compare in order to determine which is the superior   ⇒ they matched wits
  4. often foll by to or with to adapt so as to correspond with   ⇒ to match hope with reality
  5. often foll by with or against to arrange a competition between
  6. to find a match for
  7. (electronics) to connect (two circuits) so that their impedances are equal or are equalized by a coupling device, to produce a maximum transfer of energy

Derived Forms

ˈmatchable adjective
ˈmatcher noun
ˈmatching adjective

Word Origin

Old English gemæcca spouse; related to Old High German gimmaha wife, Old Norse maki mate


View thesaurus entry
= game, test, competition, trial, tie, contest, fixture, bout, head-to-head
= replica, double, copy, twin, equal, spit, duplicate, lookalike, ringer, spitting image, dead ringer, spit and image
= correspond with, suit, go with, complement, fit with, accompany, team with, blend with, tone with, harmonize with, coordinate with
= go together, be the same, be a set
= correspond, agree, accord, square, coincide, tally, conform, match up, be compatible, harmonize, be consonant
= rival, equal, compete with, compare with, emulate, contend with, measure up to

match2 (mætʃ Pronunciation for match2



  1. a thin strip of wood or cardboard tipped with a chemical that ignites by friction when rubbed on a rough surface or a surface coated with a suitable chemical See safety match
  2. a length of cord or wick impregnated with a chemical so that it burns slowly. It is used to fire cannons, explosives, etc

Word Origin

C14: from Old French meiche, perhaps from Latin myxa wick, from Greek muxa lamp nozzle

Translations for 'match'

  • British English: matchPronunciation for match A match is a game of football, cricket, or some other sport.We won all our matches last year.mætʃ NOUNgame
  • Arabic: مُبَارَاةٌPronunciation for مُبَارَاةٌ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: jogoPronunciation for jogo
  • Chinese: 比赛Pronunciation for 比赛
  • Croatian: utakmicaPronunciation for utakmica
  • Czech: zápasPronunciation for zápas
  • Danish: kampPronunciation for kamp
  • Dutch: wedstrijdPronunciation for wedstrijd
  • European Spanish: partidoPronunciation for partido
  • Finnish: otteluPronunciation for ottelu
  • French: matchPronunciation for match
  • German: SpielPronunciation for Spiel
  • Greek: αγώναςPronunciation for αγώναςαθλητικός
  • Italian: partitaPronunciation for partita
  • Japanese: 試合Pronunciation for 試合sport
  • Korean: 경기Pronunciation for 경기시합
  • Norwegian: kampPronunciation for kampsport
  • Polish: meczPronunciation for mecz
  • Portuguese: jogoPronunciation for jogo
  • Romanian: meci meciuri
  • Russian: матчPronunciation for матч
  • Spanish: partidoPronunciation for partido
  • Swedish: matchPronunciation for match
  • Thai: การแข่งขันPronunciation for การแข่งขัน
  • Turkish: maçPronunciation for maç
  • Ukrainian: матч
  • Vietnamese: trận đấuPronunciation for trận đấu
  • British English: matchPronunciation for match If things or people are a good match, they look good together or go well together.She was a perfect match for him.mætʃ NOUNgood
  • Arabic: مُتَوَافِقُPronunciation for مُتَوَافِقُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: companheiroPronunciation for companheiro companheira
  • Chinese: 匹配Pronunciation for 匹配
  • Croatian: parPronunciation for par
  • Czech: partiePronunciation for partiepartnerský vztah
  • Danish: matchPronunciation for match
  • Dutch: koppelPronunciation for koppelstelletje
  • European Spanish: parejaPronunciation for parejaemparejamiento
  • Finnish: liittoPronunciation for liittokumppanuus
  • French: alliancePronunciation for alliance
  • German: PartiePronunciation for Partie
  • Greek: ταίριασμαPronunciation for ταίριασμα
  • Italian: compagnoPronunciation for compagno compagna
  • Japanese: 縁組みPronunciation for 縁組みpartnership
  • Korean: 쌍의 한쪽Pronunciation for 쌍의 한쪽
  • Norwegian: partiPronunciation for partipartnerskap
  • Polish: dopasowaniePronunciation for dopasowanie
  • Portuguese: companheiroPronunciation for companheiro companheira
  • Romanian: compatibilitate compatibilități
  • Russian: партияPronunciation for партия
  • Spanish: parejaPronunciation for parejaunión de dos personas, animales o cosas
  • Swedish: partiPronunciation for parti
  • Thai: คู่ที่เหมาะสมกันPronunciation for คู่ที่เหมาะสมกัน
  • Turkish: denkPronunciation for denkuygun
  • Ukrainian: пара
  • Vietnamese: sự kết đôiPronunciation for sự kết đôi
  • British English: matchPronunciation for match If one thing matches another, they look good together.Do these shoes match my dress?I am wearing socks that don't match.mætʃ VERB
  • Arabic: يَتَطَابَقُPronunciation for يَتَطَابَقُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: combinarPronunciation for combinar
  • Chinese: 匹配Pronunciation for 匹配
  • Croatian: pristajatiPronunciation for pristajati
  • Czech: hodit se (k sobě)Pronunciation for hodit se (k sobě)
  • Danish: matchePronunciation for matche
  • Dutch: passen bijPronunciation for passen bij
  • European Spanish: combinar bienPronunciation for combinar bien
  • Finnish: sovittaa yhteenPronunciation for sovittaa yhteen
  • French: être assortiPronunciation for être assorti
  • German: passenPronunciation for passen
  • Greek: συνταιριάζωPronunciation for συνταιριάζω
  • Italian: abbinarePronunciation for abbinare
  • Japanese: マッチさせるPronunciation for マッチさせる
  • Korean: 어울리다Pronunciation for 어울리다
  • Norwegian: passe sammen medPronunciation for passe sammen med
  • Polish: dopasowaćPronunciation for dopasować dopasowywać
  • Portuguese: combinarPronunciation for combinar
  • Romanian: a se potrivi
  • Russian: подходитьPronunciation for подходить
  • Spanish: equipararPronunciation for equiparar
  • Swedish: matchaPronunciation for matcha
  • Thai: เหมาะกัน Pronunciation for เหมาะกัน
  • Turkish: uydurmakPronunciation for uydurmak
  • Ukrainian: підходити підійти
  • Vietnamese: ghépPronunciation for ghép
  • British English: matchmætʃ A match is a small, thin stick that makes a flame when you rub it on a rough surface.She lit a match and held it up to the candle. NOUNmatchstick
  • Arabic: عُودُ كِبْرِيت
  • Brazilian Portuguese: fósforo
  • Chinese: 火柴
  • Croatian: šibica
  • Czech: zápalka
  • Danish: tændstik
  • Dutch: lucifer
  • European Spanish: cerilla
  • Finnish: tulitikku
  • French: allumette
  • German: Streichholz
  • Greek: σπίρτο
  • Italian: fiammifero
  • Japanese: マッチ
  • Korean: 성냥
  • Norwegian: fyrstikk
  • Polish: zapałka
  • Portuguese: fósforo
  • Romanian: chibrit chibrituri
  • Russian: спичка
  • Spanish: fósforo
  • Swedish: tändsticka
  • Thai: ไม้ขีด
  • Turkish: kibrit
  • Ukrainian: сірник
  • Vietnamese: diêm

Example Sentences Including 'match'

Her panties were white lace, to match the bra, in a G-string style with a delicate transparent see through panel at the front.
Stuart Harrison BETTER THAN THIS (2002)
But I'm telling you, we couldn't have found a better match if we'd gone looking.
The hound had grown and was now the size of a desert lion, with teeth and claws to match.


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