[ seym ]
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  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.

  1. agreeing in kind, amount, etc.; corresponding: two boxes of the same dimensions.

  2. unchanged in character, condition, etc.: It's the same town after all these years.

  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.

  1. the very person, thing, or set just mentioned: Sighted sub sank same.

  2. 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 about same

  1. all the same,

    • notwithstanding; nevertheless: You don't have to go but we wish you would, all the same.

    • of no difference; immaterial: It's all the same to me whether our team loses or wins.

  2. just the same,

    • in the same manner.

    • nevertheless: It was a success, but it could easily have failed, just the same.

Origin of same

First recorded in 1150–1200; Middle English; Old English same (adverb); cognate with Old Norse samr,Greek homós,Sanskrit samá

synonym study For same

1-3. 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.

Other words for same

Opposites for same

Words Nearby same Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use same in a sentence

  • I waited three months more, in great impatience, then sent him back to the same post, to see if there might be a reply.

    The Boarded-Up House | Augusta Huiell Seaman
  • The Pontellier and Ratignolle compartments adjoined one another under the same roof.

  • On the thirteenth of the same month they bound to the stake, in order to burn alive, a man who had two religious in his house.

  • Some were even re-arrested for the same nefarious purpose, and the daily papers published their names on each occasion.

    The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
  • The tenor dies; the prima donna appears to do the same, but the libretto consoles you by declaring that she only swoons.

    Physiology of The Opera | John H. Swaby (AKA "Scrici")

British Dictionary definitions for same


/ (seɪm) /

adjectivethe same
  1. being the very one: she is wearing the same hat she wore yesterday

    • being the one previously referred to; aforesaid

    • (as noun): a note received about same

    • identical in kind, quantity, etc: two girls of the same age

    • (as noun): we'd like the same, please

  1. unchanged in character or nature: his attitude is the same as ever

  2. all the same

    • Also: just the same nevertheless; yet

    • immaterial: it's all the same to me

  1. in an identical manner

Origin of same

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

usage For same

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

Other Idioms and Phrases with 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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