American English

Definition of same adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1exactly the one or ones referred to or mentioned; not different We have lived in the same house for twenty years. Our children go to the same school as theirs. She's still the same fun-loving person thatI knew at college. This one works in exactly the same way as the other. They both said pretty much the same thing. He used the very same (= exactly the same) words. I resigned last Friday and left that same day.
  2. 2exactly like the one or ones referred to or mentioned I bought the same car as yours (= another car of that type). She was wearing the same dress thatI had on. The same thing happened to me last week.
  3. Idioms
    same old, same old (informal)
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    used to say that a situation has not changed at all “How's it going?” “Oh, same old, same old.”
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