What is the meaning of match?


  • Lighter consisting of a thin piece of wood or cardboard tipped with combustible chemical; ignites with friction.
    • usage: "he always carries matches to light his pipe"; "as long you've a lucifer to light your fag"
  • A formal contest in which two or more persons or teams compete.
  • A burning piece of wood or cardboard.
    • usage: "if you drop a match in there the whole place will explode"
  • An exact duplicate.
    • usage: "when a match is found an entry is made in the notebook"
  • The score needed to win a match.
  • A person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect.
  • A person who is of equal standing with another in a group.
  • A pair of people who live together.
    • usage: "a married couple from Chicago"
  • Something that resembles or harmonizes with.
    • usage: "that tie makes a good match with your jacket"


  • Be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics.
    • usage: "The two stories don't agree in many details"; "The handwriting checks with the signature on the check"; "The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun"
  • Provide funds complementary to.
    • usage: "The company matched the employees' contributions"
  • Bring two objects, ideas, or people together.
    • usage: "This fact is coupled to the other one"; "Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man"; "The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project"
  • Be equal to in quality or ability.
    • usage: "Nothing can rival cotton for durability"; "Your performance doesn't even touch that of your colleagues"; "Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents"
  • Make correspond or harmonize.
    • usage: "Match my sweater"
  • Satisfy or fulfill.
    • usage: "meet a need"; "this job doesn't match my dreams"
  • Give or join in marriage.
  • Set into opposition or rivalry.
    • usage: "let them match their best athletes against ours"; "pit a chess player against the Russian champion"; "He plays his two children off against each other"
  • Be equal or harmonize.
    • usage: "The two pieces match"
  • Make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching.
    • usage: "let's equalize the duties among all employees in this office"; "The company matched the discount policy of its competitors"
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APAWordNet. (2010). match. Retrieved January 18, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/match/definitions/1205804
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "match" http://smartdefine.org/match/definitions/1205804 (accessed January 18, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, match, Smart Define, viewed 18 January, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/match/definitions/1205804>.
MLAWordNet. "match" 23 October 2010. Web. 18 January 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/match/definitions/1205804>
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