[ mach ]
/ mætʃ /
a person or thing that equals or resembles another in some respect.
a person or thing able to cope with another as an equal: to meet one's match.
a person or thing that is an exact counterpart of another.
a corresponding, suitably associated, or harmonious pair: The blue hat and green scarf were not a good match.
- a game or contest in which two or more contestants or teams oppose each other: a soccer match.
- a contest consisting of a specific number of sets: a tennis match.
any contest or competition that resembles a sports match: a shouting match.
a person considered with regard to suitability as a partner in marriage: a good match.
a matrimonial union; marriage: Neither family approved of the match.
verb (used with object)
to equal; be equal to: My talent does not match his.
to be the match or counterpart of; harmonize with: The skirt matches the jacket perfectly.
to cause to correspond; adapt: to match one's actions to one's beliefs.
to fit together, as two things: to match the pieces of a puzzle.
to fit (boards) together, side by side or end to end, with a tongue-and-groove or rabbeted joint.
to procure or produce an equal to: Try though we did, we could not match our first success.
to place in opposition or conflict: I matched my wits against his strength.
to provide with an adversary or competitor of equal power: The teams were well matched.
to encounter as an adversary with equal power.
to prove a match for.
to unite in marriage; procure a matrimonial alliance for.
to toss (coins) into the air and then compare the matching or contrasting sides that land facing up, as for determining the winner of a bet.
to match coins with.
verb (used without object)
to be equal or suitable: Our talents match.
to correspond; be of corresponding size, shape, color, pattern, etc.: These gloves do not match.
Archaic. to ally oneself in marriage.
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Words nearby match
Origin of match2
before 900; Middle English macche, Old English gemæcca mate, fellow
OTHER WORDS FROM match
match·a·ble, adjectivematch·er, nounun·match·a·ble, adjectiveun·matched, adjective
un·match·ing, adjectivewell-matched, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for matchable (1 of 2)
/ (mætʃ) /
a formal game or sports event in which people, teams, etc, compete to win
a person or thing able to provide competition for anothershe's met her match in talking ability
a person or thing that resembles, harmonizes with, or is equivalent to another in a specified respectthat coat is a good match for your hat
a person or thing that is an exact copy or equal of another
- a partnership between a man and a woman, as in marriage
- an arrangement for such a partnership
a person regarded as a possible partner, as in marriage
verb (mainly tr)
to fit (parts) togetherto match the tongue and groove of boards
(also intr sometimes foll by up) to resemble, harmonize with, correspond to, or equal (one another or something else)the skirt matches your shoes well
(sometimes foll by with or against) to compare in order to determine which is the superiorthey matched wits
(often foll by to or with) to adapt so as to correspond withto match hope with reality
(often foll by with or against) to arrange a competition between
to find a match for
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 of matchmatchable, adjectivematcher, nounmatching, adjective
Word Origin for match
Old English gemæcca spouse; related to Old High German gimmaha wife, Old Norse maki mate
British Dictionary definitions for matchable (2 of 2)
/ (mætʃ) /
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 chemicalSee safety match
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 for match
C14: from Old French meiche, perhaps from Latin myxa wick, from Greek muxa lamp nozzle
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Idioms and Phrases with matchable
see meet one's match; mix and match; whole ball of wax (shooting match).
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