[ mach ]
/ mætʃ /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Nearby words

  1. matapan,
  2. matapan, cape,
  3. mataró,
  4. matas operation,
  5. matata,
  6. match plate,
  7. match play,
  8. match point,
  9. match-fit,
  10. match-funding

Origin of match

before 900; Middle English macche, Old English gemæcca mate, fellow

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British Dictionary definitions for matching


/ (mætʃ) /


verb (mainly tr)

Derived Formsmatchable, adjectivematcher, nounmatching, adjective

Word Origin for match

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


/ (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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Word Origin and History for matching
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Medicine definitions for matching


[ măchĭng ]


The process of comparing a study group and a comparison group in an epidemiological study with respect to extraneous or confounding factors such as age, sex, or breed.

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Idioms and Phrases with matching


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

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