same

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adjective
  1. identical with what is about to be or has just been mentioned: This street is the same one we were on yesterday.
  2. being one or identical though having different names, aspects, etc.: These are the same rules though differently worded.
  3. agreeing in kind, amount, etc.; corresponding: two boxes of the same dimensions.
  4. unchanged in character, condition, etc.: It's the same town after all these years.
pronoun
  1. the same person or thing.
  2. the same kind or category of thing: You're having steak? I'll have the same, but very rare.
  3. the very person, thing, or set just mentioned: Sighted sub sank same.
  4. the same, in the same manner; in an identical or similar way: I see the same through your glasses as I do through mine.
Idioms
  1. 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.
  2. 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

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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.

Antonyms for same

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Examples from the Web for same

Contemporary Examples of same

Historical Examples of same

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

    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

  • It expresses the same transparent innocence, the same mild love.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • Might not the same history be told of much that is believed?

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • This and other extracts from the same poet are translated by Thomas Moore, Esq.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child


British Dictionary definitions for same

same

adjective the same
  1. 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
  2. unchanged in character or naturehis attitude is the same as ever
  3. all the same
    1. Also: just the samenevertheless; yet
    2. immaterialit's all the same to me
adverb
  1. 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for same
adj.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with same

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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