Definition of match verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//mætʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//mætʃ//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they match
    BrE BrE//mætʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//mætʃ//
    he / she / it matches
    BrE BrE//ˈmætʃɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmætʃɪz//
    past simple matched
    BrE BrE//mætʃt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//mætʃt//
    past participle matched
    BrE BrE//mætʃt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//mætʃt//
    -ing form matching
    BrE BrE//ˈmætʃɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmætʃɪŋ//
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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 colour, 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 somebody/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 somebody/something else synonym equal The profits made in the first year have never been matched. Her anger was only matched by her frustration. The teams were evenly matched.
  8. 5[transitive] match something to make something the same as 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. Word Originverb Old English gemæcca ‘mate, companion’, of West Germanic origin; related to the base of make.Extra examples As a couple they are not very well matched. Children can be made to suffer when they fail to match their parents’ expectations. He chose wine that closely matched each dish. Her lovers rarely match her wit and intelligence. I bought a duvet cover and some curtains to match. No other rock band comes even close to matching their talent. No other rock band comes even close to matching them for dynamism or style. Nothing quite matches the fine, subtle flavour of this cheese. She found that his determination almost matched her own. The agency tries to match single people with suitable partners. The aim of the competition is to match the quote to the person who said it. The available organs are carefully matched to people in need of transplants. The control group in the experiment was matched for age and sex. The music perfectly matches the tone of the movie. The room was full of old furniture that didn’t quite match. The teams were very evenly matched. They found a paint that exactly matched the existing paint on the walls. We have to match up the right pet with the right owner. He has now proved he can match anyone at the highest level of the sport. His anger was matched only by her frustration. I’ve got her a scarf with gloves to match. None of these glasses match. The company can’t match the performance of its American rivals. The firm was unable to match the salaries offered by their rivals. The two firms are quite closely matched in terms of size and profitability The two sets of figures don’t match. They have reduced their stock by 10%, to match competitors’ prices.Idioms to combine things in different ways for different purposes You can mix and match courses to suit your requirements. More Like This Alliteration in idioms belt and braces, black and blue, born and bred, chalk and cheese, chop and change, done and dusted, down and dirty, in dribs and drabs, eat somebody out of house and home, facts and figures, fast and furious, first and foremost, forgive and forget, hale and hearty, hem and haw, kith and kin, mix and match, part and parcel, puff and pant, to rack and ruin, rant and rave, risk life and limb, short and sweet, signed and sealed, spic and span, through thick and thin, this and that, top and tail, tried and tested, wax and waneSee worksheet. Phrasal Verbsmatch something against somethingmatch somebody against somebodymatch upmatch up (with something)match somethingup (with something)
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