Definitions of match

  1. a person who is of equal standing with another in a group
  2. satisfy or fulfill; " meet a need"; " this job doesn't match my dreams"
  3. a pair of people who live together; " a married couple from Chicago"
  4. bring two objects, ideas, or people together; " This fact is coupled to the other one"; " Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?"; " The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project"
  5. be equal to in quality or ability; " Nothing can rival cotton for durability"; " Your performance doesn't even touch that of your colleagues"; " Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents"
  6. make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching; " let's equalize the duties among all employees in this office"; " The company matched the discount policy of its competitors"
  7. make correspond or harmonize; " Match my sweater"
  8. lighter consisting of a thin piece of wood or cardboard tipped with combustible chemical; ignites with friction; " he always carries matches to light his pipe"
  9. an exact duplicate; " when a match is found an entry is made in the notebook"
  10. a burning piece of wood or cardboard; " if you drop a match in there the whole place will explode"
  11. something that resembles or harmonizes with; " that tie makes a good match with your jacket"
  12. a formal contest in which two or more persons or teams compete
  13. the score needed to win a match
  14. be equal or harmonize; " The two pieces match"
  15. set into opposition or rivalry; " let them match their best athletes against ours"; " pit a chess player against the Russian champion"; " He plays his two children off against each other"
  16. give or join in marriage
  17. provide funds complementary to; " The company matched the employees' contributions"
  18. Alt. of race
  19. Anything used for catching and retaining or communicating fire, made of some substance which takes fire readily, or remains burning some time; esp., a small strip or splint of wood dipped at one end in a substance which can be easily ignited by friction, as a preparation of phosphorus or chlorate of potassium.
  20. A bringing together of two parties suited to one another, as for a union, a trial of skill or force, a contest, or the like
  21. A matrimonial union; a marriage.
  22. An agreement, compact, etc.
  23. A candidate for matrimony; one to be gained in marriage.
  24. Equality of conditions in contest or competition.
  25. Suitable combination or bringing together; that which corresponds or harmonizes with something else; as, the carpet and curtains are a match.
  26. A perforated board, block of plaster, hardened sand, etc., in which a pattern is partly imbedded when a mold is made, for giving shape to the surfaces of separation between the parts of the mold.
  27. To be a mate or match for; to be able to complete with; to rival successfully; to equal.
  28. To furnish with its match; to bring a match, or equal, against; to show an equal competitor to; to set something in competition with, or in opposition to, as equal.
  29. To oppose as equal; to contend successfully against.
  30. To make or procure the equal of, or that which is exactly similar to, or corresponds with; as, to match a vase or a horse; to match cloth.
  31. To make equal, proportionate, or suitable; to adapt, fit, or suit ( one thing to another).
  32. To marry; to give in marriage.
  33. To fit together, or make suitable for fitting together; specifically, to furnish with a tongue and a groove, at the edges; as, to match boards.
  34. To be united in marriage; to mate.
  35. To be of equal, or similar, size, figure, color, or quality; to tally; to suit; to correspond; as, these vases match.
  36. A marriage.
  37. A short slender piece of wood or other material tipped with a mixture by means of which fire is procured; anything which agrees with, or is exactly like, another thing; an equal; game or contest; marriage; one to be gained in marriage.
  38. To equal successfully; to set against; as, he matched his ability against mine; to get a counterpart of, or the equal of.
  39. To agree with, or be like, each other.
  40. A piece of inflammable material used for obtaining fire easily: a prepared rope for firing artillery, etc.: a lucifer.
  41. Anything which agrees with or suits another thing: an equal: one able to cope with another: a contest or game: a marriage: one to be gained in marriage.
  42. To be of the same make, size, etc.
  43. To be equal to: to be able to compete with: to find an equal to: to set against as equal: to suit: to give in marriage.
  44. MATCHER.
  45. An equal; counter part; contest; marriage; splinter of wood for lighting; rope for firing cannon.
  46. To be similar, or equal.
  47. To be the equal or counterpart of; to pair.
  48. To set beside or against one another, as mates or competitors.
  49. To suit; to marry.
  50. An equal; mate.
  51. A contest.
  52. A splinter of soft wood tipped with something that ignites by friction; also, a fuse: slow ( or quick) match.
  53. Anything easily kindled and used for lighting; a lucifer; a lighted rope, used for firing artillery, mines & c.
  54. Anything which tallies with or equals another; one able to cope with another; an equal; a contest: union by marriage: one to be married or gained in marriage.
  55. To equal; to show an equal to; to oppose as equal; to suit; to marry.
  56. To be united in marriage; to correspond; to tally.
  57. Anything that readily takes fire, and is capable of setting fire to, or giving light; a slender piece of wood or piece of twisted fibre for igniting a candle or lamp; a lucifer.
  58. One equal to another in strength or in some other quality; anything that equals another or tallies with it; a contest; a game; union by marriage; one about to be married.
  59. To equal; to oppose or set against as equal; to suit; to give in marriage; to be married; to tally.

Usage examples for match

  1. He is not so much concerned to " live" as to win this life match. – Another Sheaf by John Galsworthy
  2. To do this, fire was necessary; so, to light his lamp, he struck a match. – All Around the Moon by Jules Verne
  3. Well, well, there is no reason why Hermy should marry just yet, and Paul is no great match, though he is a very good fellow." – Paul Patoff by F. Marion Crawford
  4. No- she would not admit that Dave's bull had ever met his match. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  5. Bobby struck a match and held it to the cigarette. – The Abandoned Room by Wadsworth Camp
  6. And we're king's men, so of course it was no match for Monsieur's son. – Helmet of Navarre by Bertha Runkle
  7. If I understand Mary Lowther, said Mr. Fenwick, she is not the woman to have her match broken off for her by any person. – The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope
  8. I admit fairly that I'm not a match for him, said he, strong as I am. – The Irish Fairy Book by Various
  9. Yours was a love- match, wasn't it? – Faith and Unfaith by Duchess
  10. I'll strike a match and show you. – The Little Colonel at Boarding-School by Annie Fellows Johnston
  11. Perhaps we've both met our match. – Carnival by Compton Mackenzie
  12. " I hope that no harm has come to him," he said, as he threw the match away. – The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason
  13. It certainly looks like a good match. – Sant' Ilario by F. Marion Crawford
  14. With trembling, agitated fingers she struck a match. – Castle Craneycrow by George Barr McCutcheon
  15. What sort of a match is this for you?" – Virgin Soil by Ivan S. Turgenev
  16. Then another match was struck, then another. – The Sisters-In-Law by Gertrude Atherton
  17. I had no match. – Literary Lapses by Stephen Leacock
  18. A spent match, of course? – Martin Hewitt, Investigator by Arthur Morrison
  19. A match is a little thing, but nothing else can do its work. – Makers of Many Things by Eva March Tappan