WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
match1 /mætʃ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a slender piece of wood or cardboard with a tip having a chemical substance that produces fire when rubbed on a rough or chemically prepared surface.

match2 /mætʃ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. a person or thing that equals or resembles another in some respect.
  2. a person or thing able to deal with another as an equal:met his match in the debate.
  3. a pair of persons or things that go together well:They are a perfect match.
  4. a game or competition in which two or more contestants oppose each other:a tennis match.

  1. to equal:[+ object]He couldn't match his earlier score.
  2. to go harmoniously with or correspond because of color or design: [+ object]The skirt matches the jacket perfectly.[no object]The skirt and jacket match perfectly.
  3. to (cause to) correspond: [+ object]has to match his actions with his beliefs.[no object]His actions and his beliefs match.
  4. to fit together;
    to find a connection to or with: [no object]See if the puzzle pieces match.[+ object]Match the puzzle pieces to the clues at the bottom.
  5. to place in conflict;
    to provide with an opponent or competitor, often of equal power:[+ object]The teams were well matched.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
match1  (mach),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a slender piece of wood, cardboard, or other flammable material tipped with a chemical substance that produces fire when rubbed on a rough or chemically prepared surface.
  2. a wick, cord, or the like, prepared to burn at an even rate, used to fire cannon, gunpowder, etc.
  • Greek mýxa mucus, nostril, nozzle of a lamp
  • Vulgar Latin *mesca lamp wick, metathetic variant of Latin myxa
  • Middle French meiche, Old French mesche
  • Middle English macche wick 1350–1400

match2  (mach),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a person or thing that equals or resembles another in some respect.
  2. a person or thing able to cope with another as an equal:to meet one's match.
  3. a person or thing that is an exact counterpart of another.
  4. a corresponding, suitably associated, or harmonious pair:The blue hat and green scarf were not a good match.
  5. Sport
    • a game or contest in which two or more contestants or teams oppose each other:a soccer match.
    • a contest consisting of a specific number of sets:a tennis match.
  6. any contest or competition that resembles a sports match:a shouting match.
  7. a person considered with regard to suitability as a partner in marriage:a good match.
  8. a matrimonial union;
    marriage:Neither family approved of the match.

  1. to equal;
    be equal to:My talent does not match his.
  2. to be the match or counterpart of;
    harmonize with:The skirt matches the jacket perfectly.
  3. to cause to correspond;
    adapt:to match one's actions to one's beliefs.
  4. to fit together, as two things:to match the pieces of a puzzle.
  5. to fit (boards) together, side by side or end to end, with a tongue-and-groove or rabbeted joint.
  6. to procure or produce an equal to:Try though we did, we could not match our first success.
  7. to place in opposition or conflict:I matched my wits against his strength.
  8. to provide with an adversary or competitor of equal power:The teams were well matched.
  9. to encounter as an adversary with equal power.
  10. to prove a match for.
  11. to unite in marriage;
    procure a matrimonial alliance for.
  12. to toss (coins) into the air and then compare the matching or contrasting sides that land facing up, as for determining the winner of a bet.
  13. to match coins with.

  1. to be equal or suitable:Our talents match.
  2. to correspond;
    be of corresponding size, shape, color, pattern, etc.:These gloves do not match.
  3. [Archaic.]to ally oneself in marriage.
matcha•ble, adj. 
matcher, n. 
  • Middle English macche, Old English gemæcca mate, fellow bef. 900

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

match /mætʃ/ n
  1. a formal game or sports event in which people, teams, etc, compete to win
  2. a person or thing able to provide competition for another: she's met her match in talking ability
  3. a person or thing that resembles, harmonizes with, or is equivalent to another in a specified respect
  4. a person or thing that is an exact copy or equal of another
  5. a partnership between a man and a woman, as in marriage
  6. an arrangement for such a partnership
  7. a person regarded as a possible partner, as in marriage
vb (mainly tr)
  1. to fit (parts) together
  2. (also intr) sometimes followed by up: to resemble, harmonize with, correspond to, or equal (one another or something else)
  3. sometimes followed by with or against: to compare in order to determine which is the superior
  4. often followed by to or with: to adapt so as to correspond with: to match hope with reality
  5. often followed by with or against: to arrange a competition between
  6. to find a match for
  7. to connect (two circuits) so that their impedances are equal or are equalized by a coupling device, to produce a maximum transfer of energy
Etymology: Old English gemæcca spouse; related to Old High German gimmaha wife, Old Norse maki mate

ˈmatchable adj ˈmatching adj
match /mætʃ/ n
  1. a thin strip of wood or cardboard tipped with a chemical that ignites by friction when rubbed on a rough surface or a surface coated with a suitable chemical
    See safety match
  2. a length of cord or wick impregnated with a chemical so that it burns slowly. It is used to fire cannons, explosives, etc
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French meiche, perhaps from Latin myxa wick, from Greek muxa lamp nozzle

'match' also found in these entries:
Collocations: match [nicely, perfectly, instantly], a [soccer, tennis, cricket] match, the match [referee, officials, venue], more...

Forum discussions with the word(s) "match" in the title:

Look up "match" at Merriam-Webster
Look up "match" at

In other languages: Spanish | French | Italian | Portuguese | Romanian | German | Dutch | Swedish | Russian | Polish | Czech | Greek | Turkish | Chinese | Japanese | Korean | Arabic


Word of the day: rest | whisk


Report an inappropriate ad.