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similar

[ sim-uh-ler ]
/ ˈsɪm ə lər /
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adjective
having a likeness or resemblance, especially in a general way: two similar houses.
Geometry. (of figures) having the same shape; having corresponding sides proportional and corresponding angles equal: similar triangles.
Mathematics. (of two square matrices) related by means of a similarity transformation.

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OTHER WORDS FOR similar

1 like, resembling.
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Origin of similar

First recorded in 1605–15; earlier similary, from French similaire or directly from Medieval Latin similāris, equivalent to Latin simili(s) “like, similar” (akin to simul “together”; cf. simplex) + -āris -ar1

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1. See same.

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British Dictionary definitions for similar

similar
/ (ˈsɪmɪlə) /

adjective
showing resemblance in qualities, characteristics, or appearance; alike but not identical
geometry (of two or more figures) having corresponding angles equal and all corresponding sides in the same ratioCompare congruent (def. 2)
maths (of two classes) equinumerous

Derived forms of similar

similarity (ˌsɪmɪˈlærɪtɪ), nounsimilarly, adverb

Word Origin for similar

C17: from Old French similaire, from Latin similis

usage for similar

As should not be used after similar: Wilson held a similar position to Jones (not a similar position as Jones); the system is similar to the one in France (not similar as the one in France)
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