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Meaning of match by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /mætʃ/
    • Rhymes: -ætʃ

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English macche, from Old English mæcca, from gemæcca ( “companion, mate, wife, one suited to another” )


    match ( third-person singular simple present matches present participle matching, simple past and past participle matched )

    1. ( intransitive ) To agree, to be equal, to correspond to .
      Their interests didn't match, so it took a long time to agree what to do together .
      These two copies are supposed to be identical, but they don't match .
    2. ( transitive ) To make a successful match or pairing .
      They found out about his color-blindness when he couldn't match socks properly .
    3. ( transitive ) To equal or exceed in achievement .
      She matched him at every turn: anything he could do, she could do as well or better .
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    A match.

    Etymology 2

    From Old French meiche, from Vulgar Latin micca ( compare Catalan metxa, Spanish mecha, Italian miccia ), which in turn is probably from Latin myxa, from Ancient Greek ( myxa )


    match ( plural: matches )

    1. Device made of wood or paper, at the tip coated with chemicals that ignite with the friction of being dragged ( struck ) against a rough dry surface .
      He struck a match and lit his cigarette .
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Explanation of match by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching

    2. The company matched the discount policy of its competitors
    3. be equal or harmonize

    4. The two pieces match
    5. make correspond or harmonize

    6. Match my sweater
    7. set into opposition or rivalry

    8. let them match their best athletes against ours
    9. bring two objects, ideas, or people together

    10. Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?
    11. give or join in marriage

    12. provide funds complementary to

    13. The company matched the employees' contributions
    14. satisfy or fulfill

    15. this job doesn't match my dreams
    16. be compatible, similar or consistent

    17. The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun
    18. be equal to in quality or ability

    19. Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents
    1. lighter consisting of a thin piece of wood or cardboard tipped with combustible chemical

    2. he always carries matches to light his pipe
    3. an exact duplicate

    4. when a match is found an entry is made in the notebook
    5. a burning piece of wood or cardboard

    6. if you drop a match in there the whole place will explode
    7. something that resembles or harmonizes with

    8. that tie makes a good match with your jacket
    9. a formal contest in which two or more persons or teams compete

    10. a pair of people who live together

    11. a person who is of equal standing with another in a group

    12. a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect

    13. the score needed to win a match

    Definition of match by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Consolation game, match, pot, race, etc. A game, match, etc., open only to losers in early stages of contests.

    2. Match ( măch ), n. [OE. macche, F. mèche, F. mèche, fr. L. myxa a lamp nozzle, Gr. μύξα mucus, nostril, a lamp nozzle. Cf. Mucus.] Anything used for catching and retaining or communicating fire, made of some substance which takes fire readily, or remains burning some time; esp., a small strip or splint of wood or cardboard dipped at one end in a substance which can be easily ignited by friction, as a preparation of phosphorus or chlorate of potassium.

      Match tub, a tub with a perforated cover for holding slow matches for firing cannon, esp. on board ship. The tub contains a little water in the bottom, for extinguishing sparks from the lighted matches. -- Quick match, threads of cotton or cotton wick soaked in a solution of gunpowder mixed with gum arabic and boiling water and afterwards strewed over with mealed powder. It burns at the rate of one yard in thirteen seconds, and is used as priming for heavy mortars, fireworks, etc. -- Slow match, slightly twisted hempen rope soaked in a solution of limewater and saltpeter or washed in a lye of water and wood ashes. It burns at the rate of four or five inches an hour, and is used for firing cannon, fireworks, etc.

    3. Match, n. [OE. macche, AS. gemaecca; akin to gemaca, and to OS. gimako, OHG. gimah fitting, suitable, convenient, Icel. mark suitable, maki mate, Sw. make, Dan. mage; all from the root of E. make, v. See Make mate, and Make, v., and cf. Mate an associate.]

      1. A person or thing equal or similar to another; one able to mate or cope with another; an equal; a mate.

      Government . . . makes an innocent man, though of the lowest rank, a match for the mightiest of his fellow subjects. Addison.

      2. A bringing together of two parties suited to one another, as for a union, a trial of skill or force, a contest, or the like; specifically: A contest to try strength or skill, or to determine superiority; a sporting contest; an emulous struggle. “Many a warlike match.” Drayton.

      A solemn match was made; he lost the prize. Dryden.

      A matrimonial union; a marriage.

      3. An agreement, compact, etc. “Thy hand upon that match.” Shak.

      Love doth seldom suffer itself to be confined by other matches than those of its own making. Boyle.

      4. A candidate for matrimony; one to be gained in marriage. “She . . . was looked upon as the richest match of the West.” Clarendon.

      5. Equality of conditions in contest or competition, or one who provides equal competition to another in a contest; as, “he had no match as a swordsman within the city”.

      It were no match, your nail against his horn. Shak.

      6. Suitable combination or bringing together; that which corresponds or harmonizes with something else; as, “the carpet and curtains are a match”.

      7. ( Founding ) A perforated board, block of plaster, hardened sand, etc., in which a pattern is partly imbedded when a mold is made, for giving shape to the surfaces of separation between the parts of the mold.

      Match boarding ( Carp. ), boards fitted together with tongue and groove, or prepared to be so fitted; a surface composed of match boarding. See matchboard. -- Match game, a game arranged as a test of superiority. -- Match plane ( Carp. ), either of the two planes used to shape the edges of boards which are joined by grooving and tonguing. -- Match plate ( Founding ), a board or plate on the opposite sides of which the halves of a pattern are fastened, to facilitate molding. Knight. -- Match wheel ( Mach. ), a cogwheel of suitable pitch to work with another wheel; specifically, one of a pair of cogwheels of equal size.

    4. Match, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Matched ; p. pr. & vb. n. Matching.]
      1. To be a mate or match for; to be able to complete with; to rival successfully; to equal.

      No settled senses of the world can match

      The pleasure of that madness. Shak.

      2. To furnish with its match; to bring a match, or equal, against; to show an equal competitor to; to set something in competition with, or in opposition to, as equal.

      No history or antiquity can matchis policies and his conduct. South.

      3. To oppose as equal; to contend successfully against.

      Eternal might

      To match with their inventions they presumed

      So easy, and of his thunder made a scorn. Milton.

      4. To make or procure the equal of, or that which is exactly similar to, or corresponds with; as, “to match a vase or a horse; to match cloth.” “Matching of patterns and colors.” Swift.

      5. To make equal, proportionate, or suitable; to adapt, fit, or suit ( one thing to another ).

      Let poets match their subject to their strength. Roscommon.

      6. To marry; to give in marriage.

      A senator of Rome survived,

      Would not have matched his daughter with a king. Addison.

      7. To fit together, or make suitable for fitting together; specifically, to furnish with a tongue and a groove, at the edges; as, “to match boards”.

      Matching machine, a planing machine for forming a tongue or a groove on the edge of a board.

    5. Match, v. i.
      1. To be united in marriage; to mate.

      I hold it a sin to match in my kindred. Shak.

      Let tigers match with hinds, and wolves with sheep. Dryden.

      2. To be of equal, or similar, size, figure, color, or quality; to tally; to suit; to correspond; as, “these vases match”.