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Definition of identical adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1similar in every detail a row of identical houses The two pictures are similar, although not identical. identical to somebody/something Her dress is almost identical to mine. identical with somebody/something The number on the card should be identical with the one on the checkbook. Language Banksimilarlymaking comparisons This chart provides a comparison of the ways that teenage boys and girls in the U.S. spend their free time. In many cases, the results for boys and girls are virtually the same/identical. In many cases, the results for boys are virtually the same as/identical to the results for girls. Both boys and girls spend the bulk of their free time with friends. Most of the boys play more than two hours of sports a week, as do many of the girls. Like many of the girls, most of the boys spend a large part of their free time using the Internet. The girls particularly enjoy using social networking websites. Similarly, nearly all the boys said they spent at least two to three hours a week on these sites.
  2. 2the identical [only before noun] the same This is the identical room we stayed in last year.
adverb The children were dressed identically.
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