same

[ seym ]
/ seɪm /

adjective

pronoun

Idioms

    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

SYNONYMS FOR same

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for all the same

same

/ (seɪm) /

adjective the same

being the very oneshe 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, etctwo girls of the same age
  2. (as noun)we'd like the same, please
unchanged in character or naturehis attitude is the same as ever
all the same
  1. Also: just the same nevertheless; yet
  2. immaterialit's all the same to me

adverb

in an identical manner

Word Origin for same

C12: from Old Norse samr; related to Old English adverbial phrase swā same likewise, Gothic sama, Latin similis, Greek homos same

usage

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
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Idioms and Phrases with all the same (1 of 2)

all the same

1

Also, all one. Equally acceptable, making no difference. For example, If it's all the same to you I'd prefer the blue car, or Hot or cold, it's all one to me. [Late 1700s]


2

Also, just the same. Nevertheless, still. For example, John wants to stay another week, but I'm going home all the same, or Even if you vote against it, this measure will pass just the same. [c. 1800]

Idioms and Phrases with all the same (2 of 2)

same

In addition to the idioms beginning with same

  • same difference
  • same here
  • same old story, the
  • same to you

also see:

  • all the same
  • amount to the same thing
  • at the same time
  • by the same token
  • cast in the same mold
  • great minds (run in the same channel)
  • in the same boat
  • in the same breath
  • in the same league
  • one and the same
  • on the same wavelength

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