verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Origin of match

before 900; Middle English macche, Old English gemæcca mate, fellow
Related formsmatch·a·ble, adjectivematch·er, nounun·match·a·ble, adjectiveun·matched, adjectiveun·match·ing, adjectivewell-matched, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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
  1. a partnership between a man and a woman, as in marriage
  2. 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 Formsmatchable, adjectivematcher, nounmatching, adjective

Word Origin for match

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




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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Word Origin and History for matcher



"to join one to another" (originally especially in marriage), late 14c., from match (n.2). Meaning "to place (one) in conflict with (another)" is from c.1400. That of "to pair with a view to fitness" is from 1520s; that of "to be equal to" is from 1590s. Related: Matched; matching.



"stick for striking fire," late 14c., macche, "wick of a candle or lamp," from Old French meiche "wick of a candle," from Vulgar Latin *micca/*miccia (cf. Catalan metxa, Spanish mecha, Italian miccia), probably ultimately from Latin myxa, from Greek myxa "lamp wick," originally "mucus," based on notion of wick dangling from the spout of a lamp like snot from a nostril, from PIE root *meug- "slimy, slippery" (see mucus). Modern spelling is from mid-15c. (English snot also had a secondary sense of "snuff of a candle, burnt part of a wick" from late 14c., surviving at least to late 19c. in northern dialects.)

Meaning "piece of cord or splinter of wood soaked in sulfur, used for lighting fires, lamps, candles, etc." is from 1530. First used 1831 for the modern type of wooden friction match, and competed with lucifer for much of 19c. as the name for this invention.



"one of a pair, an equal," Old English mæcca, "companion, mate, one of a pair, wife, husband, one suited to another, an equal," from gemæcca, from Proto-Germanic *gamakon "fitting well together" (cf. Old Saxon gimaco "fellow, equal," Old High German gimah "comfort, ease," Middle High German gemach "comfortable, quiet," German gemach "easy, leisurely"), from PIE root *mak-/*mag- "to fit" (see make (v.)). Middle English sense of "matching adversary, person able to contend with another" (c.1300) led to sporting meaning "contest," first attested 1540s.

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Idioms and Phrases with matcher


see meet one's match; mix and match; whole ball of wax (shooting match).

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