match

match vb Match, rival, equal, approach, touch are comparable, especially in negative constructions, when they mean to come up to or nearly up to the level or standard of something else.
One thing matches another when it proves to be its mate, rather than its duplicate, in power, strength, performance, beauty, or interest
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it has been said thaj no language can match French in expressing ideas with clarity and exactness

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the beauty of his person was matched by the grace and dignity of his spirit— Buchan

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no mortal builder's most rare device could match this winter palace of ice— J. R. Lowell

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we are prone to imitate the vices of those whose virtues we cannot matchMcCartney

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One thing rivals another when it closely competes with it for superiority or in excellence
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but would you sing, and rival Orpheus' strain, the wond'ring forests soon should dance again— Pope

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work of a beauty certainly not rivaled until we come to the Norman builders— Quiller-Couch

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some of them are furnished with colors that rival or excel the brilliance of the famous Morpho butterflies— Curran

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while my father could never have rivaled the sartorial magnificence of some of his friends, he dressed in the ceremonial manner of the time— Brooks

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One thing equals another when it rises to the same level or plane (as in quantity, value, or degree) and there is no question concerning a difference, especially a deficiency
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such a striking civility . . . ought to be imitated, though it could not be equalled, by some exertion of politeness on their side— Austen

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no other measure of our work equals the sight of the product put to its full uses— Suzzallo

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its society was formed by religion to an extent never equaled in any other epoch of its history— M. W. Baldwin

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One thing approaches another when it so nearly equals or matches the other that the difference, though detectable, is seldom important
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an adult reader with trained habits of. .. concentration will absorb the contents of a book with a speed and retentiveness which no child can approachEliot

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an unlettered speaker may startle you with his power of giving to the spoken word an urgent aptness that approaches the vivid instancy of an involuntary cryMontague

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One thing touches another thing when it closely approaches the other (as in excellence or beauty)
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not another woman there to touch her— W. J. Locke

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Yeats, the last in the aristocratic tradition of poets . . . none of us can touch his later work— Day Lewis

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Analogous words: correspond, harmonize, *agree, conform, square, accord
Contrasted words: *differ: vary, *change, alter, modify

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  • Match — Match, n. [OE. macche, AS. gem[ae]cca; akin to gemaca, and to OS. gimako, OHG. gimah fitting, suitable, convenient, Icel. mark suitable, maki mate, Sw. make, Dan. mage; all from the root of E. make, v. See {Make} mate, and {Make}, v., and cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Match — (von altenglisch: maccun = „machen“: so viel wie: „Wettkampf“; auch: „Streichholz“) steht für: Satz (Sport), den Abschnitt eines Spiels Das Match, eine österreichische Fernsehshow Der Match, eine Schweizer Fernseh Dokusoap Miss Match, eine US… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Match — Match, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Matched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Matching}.] 1. To be a mate or match for; to be able to complete with; to rival successfully; to equal. [1913 Webster] No settled senses of the world can match The pleasure of that madness.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Match II — Match III Sire Tantieme Grandsire Deux Pour Cent Dam Relance Damsire Relic Sex Stallion Foaled …   Wikipedia

  • Match — (m[a^]ch), n. [OE. macche, F. m[ e]che, F. m[ e]che, fr. L. myxa a lamp nozzle, Gr. my xa mucus, nostril, a lamp nozzle. Cf. {Mucus}.] Anything used for catching and retaining or communicating fire, made of some substance which takes fire readily …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Match — Match, v. i. 1. To be united in marriage; to mate. [1913 Webster] I hold it a sin to match in my kindred. Shak. [1913 Webster] Let tigers match with hinds, and wolves with sheep. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To be of equal, or similar, size, figure …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Match — For other uses, see Match (disambiguation). An igniting match …   Wikipedia

  • Match — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Sur les autres projets Wikimedia : « Match », sur le Wiktionnaire (dictionnaire universel) Match est un mot anglais possédant plusieurs… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Match TV — Création 10 décembre 2001 Disparition 31 août 2005 (à 3 ans) Propriétaire Lagardère Active Slogan « La chaîne de toutes les stars » …   Wikipédia en Français

  • match — I. noun Etymology: Middle English macche, from Old English gemæcca mate, equal; akin to Old English macian to make more at make Date: before 12th century 1. a. a person or thing equal or similar to another b. one able to cope with another c. an… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • match — Consolation game Con so*la tion game, match match, pot pot, race ace, etc. A game, match, etc., open only to losers in early stages of contests. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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