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[seym] /seɪm/
identical with what is about to be or has just been mentioned:
This street is the same one we were on yesterday.
being one or identical though having different names, aspects, etc.:
These are the same rules though differently worded.
agreeing in kind, amount, etc.; corresponding:
two boxes of the same dimensions.
unchanged in character, condition, etc.:
It's the same town after all these years.
the same person or thing.
the same kind or category of thing:
You're having steak? I'll have the same, but very rare.
the very person, thing, or set just mentioned:
Sighted sub sank same.
the same, in the same manner; in an identical or similar way:
I see the same through your glasses as I do through mine.
all the same,
  1. notwithstanding; nevertheless:
    You don't have to go but we wish you would, all the same.
  2. of no difference; immaterial:
    It's all the same to me whether our team loses or wins.
just the same,
  1. in the same manner.
  2. nevertheless:
    It was a success, but it could easily have failed, just the same.
Origin of same
1150-1200; Middle English; Old English same (adv.); cognate with Old Norse samr, Greek homós, Sanskrit samá
1–3. corresponding, interchangeable, equal. Same, similar agree in indicating a correspondence between two or more things. Same means alike in kind, degree, quality; that is, identical (with): to eat the same food every day; at the same price. Similar means like, resembling, having certain qualities in common, somewhat the same as, of nearly the same kind as: similar in appearance; Don't treat them as if they were the same when they are only similar.
1. different. 3. unlike. Unabridged
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  • "And that would be all the same as telling Alcibiades himself," rejoined Milza.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Dad and the mater both say the same now—they're more severe than I was.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Might not the same history be told of much that is believed?

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • And still, dearest Philothea, your heart speaks the same language.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • It expresses the same transparent innocence, the same mild love.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
British Dictionary definitions for same


adjective the same
being the very one: she is wearing the same hat she wore yesterday
  1. being the one previously referred to; aforesaid
  2. (as noun): a note received about same
  1. identical in kind, quantity, etc: two girls of the same age
  2. (as noun): we'd like the same, please
unchanged in character or nature: his attitude is the same as ever
all the same
  1. Also just the same. nevertheless; yet
  2. immaterial: it's all the same to me
in an identical manner
Usage note
The use of same exemplified in if you send us your order for the materials, we will deliver same tomorrow is common in business and official English. In general English, however, this use of the word is avoided: may I borrow your book? I'll return it (not same) tomorrow
Word Origin
C12: from Old Norse samr; related to Old English adverbial phrase swā same likewise, Gothic sama, Latin similis, Greek homos same
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Word Origin and History for same

perhaps abstracted from Old English swa same "the same as," but more likely from Old Norse same, samr "same," both from Proto-Germanic *sama- "same" (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German, Gothic sama, Old High German samant, German samt "together, with," Gothic samana "together," Dutch zamelen "to collect," German zusammen "together"), from PIE *samos "same," from root *sem- (1) "one," also "as one" (adv.), "together with" (cf. Sanskrit samah "even, level, similar, identical;" Avestan hama "similar, the same;" Greek hama "together with, at the same time," homos "one and the same," homios "like, resembling," homalos "even;" Latin similis "like;" Old Irish samail "likeness;" Old Church Slavonic samu "himself").

Old English had lost the pure form of the word; the modern word replaced synonymous ilk. As a pronoun from c.1300. Colloquial phrase same here as an exclamation of agreement is from 1895. Same difference curious way to say "equal," is attested from 1945.

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