Match - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |mætʃ|  American pronunciation of the word match
Brit.  |mætʃ|  British pronunciation of the word match


- lighter consisting of a thin piece of wood or cardboard tipped with combustible chemical; ignites with friction (syn: lucifer)
he always carries matches to light his pipe
- a formal contest in which two or more persons or teams compete
- a burning piece of wood or cardboard
if you drop a match in there the whole place will explode
- an exact duplicate (syn: mate)
when a match is found an entry is made in the notebook
- the score needed to win a match
- a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect (syn: catch)
- a person who is of equal standing with another in a group (syn: compeer, equal, peer)
- a pair of people who live together (syn: couple)
- something that resembles or harmonizes with
that tie makes a good match with your jacket


- be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics (syn: agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, tally)
The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun
- provide funds complementary to
The company matched the employees' contributions
- bring two objects, ideas, or people together (syn: couple, mate, pair, twin)
Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?
- be equal to in quality or ability (syn: equal, rival, touch)
Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents
- make correspond or harmonize (syn: fit)
- give or join in marriage
- set into opposition or rivalry (syn: oppose, pit, play off)
let them match their best athletes against ours
- be equal or harmonize
The two pieces match
- make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching (syn: equal, equalize, equate)
The company matched the discount policy of its competitors

Extra examples

This color matches your skin tone.

She was wearing a beautiful skirt, but her sweater didn't match it.

The upbeat music matched her mood.

Her skirt and sweater matched perfectly.

The pillows on the couch all match.

Your socks don't match each other.

His story doesn't match the facts.

He has met his match.

I am looking for a match for my new shoes.

He bought two pictures which are a match.

They are no good match.

She's a perfect match for him.

This carpet and this sofa are / make a perfect match.

No one can match him in shooting.

She matched her wits against his strength.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: match
he/she/it: matches
present participle: matching
past tense: matched
past participle: matched
singular: match
plural: matches
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