American English

Definition of match verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they match
    he / she / it matches
    past simple matched
    -ing form matching
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    combine well
  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] match (something) if two things match, or if one thing matches another, they have the same color, pattern, or style and therefore look attractive together The doors were painted blue to match the walls. a scarf with gloves to match None of these glasses match (= they are all different). see also matching
  2. be the same
  3. 2[transitive, intransitive] match (something) if two things match or if one thing matches another, they are the same or very similar Her fingerprints match those found at the scene of the crime. As a couple they are not very well matched (= they are not very suitable for each other). The dark clouds matched her mood. The two sets of figures don't match.
  4. find something similar/connected
  5. 3[transitive] match somebody/something (to/with somebody/something) to find someone or something that goes together with or is connected with another person or thing The aim of the competition is to match the quote to the person who said it.
  6. be equal/better
  7. 4[transitive] match somebody/something to be as good, interesting, successful, etc. as someone or something else synonym equal We have never matched the profits we made in the first year. Her anger was only matched by her frustration. The teams were evenly matched.
  8. 5[transitive] match something to make something the same or better than something else The company was unable to match his current salary. They have reduced all their stock by 10% to match competitors' prices.
  9. provide something suitable
  10. 6[transitive] match something to provide something that is suitable for or enough for a particular situation Investment in hospitals is needed now to match the future needs of the country.
  11. Idioms
    mix and match
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    to combine things in different ways for different purposes You can mix and match courses to suit your requirements.
    Phrasal Verbsmatch something against somethingmatch somebody/something against/with somebody/somethingmatch up (with something)match somethingup (with something)match up to somebody/something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: match