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Definition of similarity noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. similarities)
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  1. 1[uncountable, singular] the state of being like someone or something but not exactly the same synonym resemblance similarity (between A and B) The report highlights the similarity between the two groups. similarity (to somebody/something) She bears a striking similarity to her mother. similarity (in something) There is some similarity in the way they sing. They are both doctors but that is where the similarity ends.
  2. 2[countable] a feature that things or people have that makes them like each other synonym resemblance a study of the similarities and differences between the two countries similarity in/of something similarities in/of style similarity to/with somebody/something The karate bout has many similarities to a boxing match. opposite difference AWL Collocationssimilarsimilar adjectivebroadly, generally highly, remarkably, strikingly superficially qualitatively quantitatively conceptually structurallyThe two methods gave qualitatively similar patterns.~ to ~ to each other/one another ~ to that/those ofOur results are similar to the research findings outlined in the literature review. They spoke a language similar to that of the Aztecs.dissimilar adjectivehighly, markedly, strikingly not entirelyIf the model has too few classes, highly dissimilar plants are treated as if they were identical.~ to/fromHayek's earliest view was not very dissimilar from Schumpeter's.similarity noungeneral close, remarkable, significant, striking, strong superficial apparent structuralThis finding also bears a remarkable similarity to other studies that examined educational performance.assess find share bear exhibit, reveal, showAlthough the microelectronics and biotechnology industries share certain similarities, the two differ in numerous ways.~ among/between ~ to/withThe findings of our study call attention to a striking similarity between both groups.
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