Main definitions of match in English

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noun

  • 1A contest in which people or teams compete against each other in a particular sport:

    ‘a boxing match’
    • ‘Few can have sympathy for a team who starts a match as if they are already one up.’
    • ‘The clubs have started a mutual war of nerves, accusing each other of fixing matches and corrupting referees.’
    • ‘The winners of their respective matches will contest the final, while the losers will play off for the bronze medal.’
    • ‘I had sensed some nerves in the camp before the game, our first match in competition in two years.’
    • ‘Each team will play five matches from tomorrow until Monday with the final scheduled for next Tuesday.’
    • ‘The players will be split into four teams for matches.’
    • ‘It is becoming increasingly frustrating to witness teams forfeiting matches for one reason or the other.’
    • ‘He came back for four matches in the final games of the season and just squeezed in enough games to qualify for a title medal.’
    • ‘We entertained ourselves with a talent show, boxing matches and tug-of-war duels.’
    • ‘All games were keenly contested and several matches were decided on tiebreakers.’
    • ‘He said the team was playing training matches with local clubs to help it tune up for the tournament.’
    • ‘The World Cup final is a match that touches almost every country in some way.’
    • ‘There can't be many stadiums full to the rafters every week even though their team has lost six matches in a row.’
    • ‘Another worrying factor is the appointment of referees to officiate in matches involving teams from their own backyards.’
    • ‘We had worked so hard on team matches and winning really made us feel that the hard work paid off.’
    • ‘I have seen teams win gruelling matches through good goal kicking.’
    • ‘And, no matter what the sport, we all know that over a five match series the better team will win.’
    • ‘Such was their dominance over the visitors, had it been a boxing match, the referee would have stopped the contest in the first half.’
    • ‘There is no place in this distinctive genre for the football team, the cricket match or the game of bowls.’
    • ‘Because the kick-off of the game was delayed it was too dark to play extra time and the match is to be replayed.’
    contest, competition, game, tournament, tie, cup tie, event, fixture, trial, test, test match, meet, bout, fight, duel
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  • 2A person or thing that is equal to another in quality or strength:

    ‘they were no match for the mercenaries’
    • ‘She is no match for her husband either in stature or in qualities and accepts her lot with resignation.’
    • ‘Our fast feet are no match for opponents on longboards, who tag us almost immediately.’
    • ‘In the end, truth is no match for economics and a misguided vision of self-preservation.’
    • ‘It is cheap and strangely enjoyable, but no match for a genuine blockbuster.’
    • ‘The cold was no match for these paragons of athletic prowess and goodwill.’
    • ‘Despite some very good performances, they were no match for the strength of the local side.’
    • ‘Intelligence and honesty are sometimes no match for comfortable habits of thought.’
    • ‘The giant tried to stop him at first, but his size and strength were no match for William's.’
    • ‘I resisted as best I could, but I was no match for the three of them, who dragged me to the water and threw me into the surf.’
    • ‘I feared for a dog that would be no match for the thuggish birds.’
    • ‘In recent decades his waning strength proved no match for the ravages of well intentioned but overbearing regulations.’
    • ‘The satyr, drunken as he is, is no match for the heavyweight nymphs.’
    • ‘However, the lack of experience was no match for the exuberance of youth.’
    • ‘The poorly-armed soldiers prove to be no match for the battle mad Vikings.’
    • ‘Special care may have to be taken to ensure that he enjoys the company of his classmates, who are likely to be no match for him.’
    • ‘She knew she was no match for his strength.’
    • ‘The pen may be mightier than the sword - but it's no match for a boxer's fist.’
    • ‘Corporate greed and power are eventually no match for this woman's determination to set things right.’
    • ‘Seeing she was no match for the animal in this grapple, the mother extended her hand into the bear's mouth.’
    • ‘These vexed machines with their built in obsolescence are no match for me.’
    equal, rival, equivalent, peer, counterpart
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  • 3A person or thing that resembles or corresponds to another:

    ‘the child's identical twin would be a perfect match for organ donation’
    • ‘Medical opinion holds that if the patient's body doesn't reject the bone marrow within five years, it is a perfect match.’
    • ‘A kidney patient has been given a new lease of life after enduring a 20-year wait for a perfect organ match.’
    • ‘He heard nothing for a decade until a letter asked him to save the life of a patient who was a perfect match and needed the transplant within days.’
    • ‘The little girl has a rare tissue type with an estimated one in 90,000 chance of finding a perfect match.’
    • ‘Instead, they could have their own tissue cloned to produce a perfect match.’
    • ‘The sweet onions were a perfect match for the thyme and the other ingredients.’
    • ‘And one day that person waiting for an organ match could be themselves or someone very dear to them.’
    • ‘It was a perfect match between the wish of people to own their own homes and a public which needed somewhere to put its savings.’
    • ‘Here, her activity is more personal and it is the perfect match for the way in which her husband chooses to depict her.’
    • ‘The cold gelato scoop on top was a perfect match as it melted onto its dark chocolately pedestal.’
    • ‘The match was far from perfect, and doctors were not optimistic about the chances of a successful transplant.’
    • ‘At the lowest end there are some excellent everyday wines while at the top end quality matches price.’
    • ‘Their pungent, peppery taste is also the perfect match for mild-tasting ingredients such as avocados.’
    • ‘The orange warms up from the hot caramel sauce, and it's tanginess is a perfect match for the sweetness of the sauce.’
    • ‘You spot the ideal pair of trousers on the hanger; they are the perfect match for your snazzy little jacket and top.’
    • ‘Dozens turned up for blood tests, but they will have to wait until next month to find out if any are a perfect match.’
    • ‘The vaccine will almost certainly protect very well, but it's not the perfect match.’
    • ‘The two had been courting for quite some time and knew that their relative strengths were a good match.’
    • ‘I've always added lemon rind to my butter - this gives it a really fresh zingy taste which is a perfect match for the mussels.’
    • ‘The bitter taste of the chocolate combined with sweet and refreshing fruit is a perfect match.’
    replica, copy, lookalike, double, twin, duplicate, equivalent, facsimile, like
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    1. 3.1Computing A string that fulfils the specified conditions of a computer search:
      ‘when the software finds a match, it writes the correct character’
      • ‘Have you ever done a search and seen that there were a million matches for your search terms?’
      • ‘Intelligence officers then search for a match on the internal database.’
      • ‘A search engine company's goal is to provide the end user with the best, most relevant matches to a search inquiry.’
      • ‘When it finds a match, the database sends back the text message, identifying the song.’
      • ‘Aaron ran a search on the government database for any matches to her picture, but none came.’
    2. 3.2 A similar or complementary pair:
      ‘the headdresses and bouquet were a perfect match’
    3. 3.3 The fact or appearance of corresponding:
      ‘stones of a perfect match and colour’
  • 4A person viewed in regard to their eligibility for marriage, especially as regards class or wealth:

    ‘he was an unsuitable match for any of their girls’
    • ‘These rituals would often lead to matches and marriages, either immediately in the coming summer or autumn.’
    • ‘Marriages usually result from family introductions, if not outright matches.’
    • ‘Many matches and marriages came out of working in the factory.’
    • ‘She had always encouraged the infatuation, saying that the pair were a perfect match.’
    prospective husband, prospective wife, prospect, candidate
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    1. 4.1 A marriage:
      ‘a dynastic match’
      • ‘He took her by storm and the match was the marriage of the year, that Hollywood would only experience in that time.’
      marriage, betrothal, relationship, partnership, union, pairing, alliance, compact, contract, affiliation, combination
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verb

  • 1Correspond or cause to correspond in some essential respect; make or be harmonious:

    [with object] ‘I thought we'd have primrose walls to match the bath’
    [no object] ‘the jacket and trousers do not match’
    • ‘The speech pattern, which mimics the sound of his playing, has a distinctive modular tone that matches the rhythm.’
    • ‘At least, she can wear matching pyjamas to blend in with their colours.’
    • ‘The failure of both sides of his face to act in unison shows that his real feelings don't match up with the image he is putting across to the public.’
    • ‘In short, the stock is creating its own filler, and the resulting color matches perfectly.’
    • ‘And if you're going to go blonde try to make sure it matches your skin tone.’
    • ‘The woman was brunette and had a plum evening gown on with matching make-up and a coordinating flower and feather in a bun on the base of her neck.’
    • ‘As long as it matches your personal style and the rest of your outfit, you'll look great.’
    • ‘These statements, as it happens, match observed facts at the scene of the killing.’
    • ‘The synthetic skin didn't quite match his normal skin tone but that was the only indication that it was artificial.’
    • ‘I'm very proud; the ambery colour I picked matches just right the base I already had.’
    • ‘Choose a color or pattern that either matches or complements your suit.’
    • ‘Foundation should match your skin tone as closely as possible; powder should match your foundation.’
    • ‘They were not the usual fluff that is true for anyone but closely matched his personal life.’
    • ‘My eyes looked flat, dead, though I was crying, and my tone matched my eyes.’
    • ‘One is that it could provide sick people with matching organs or tissues.’
    • ‘Now people have matching furniture, and kitchen gadgets, and pictures on the walls.’
    • ‘Nothing matches, and the colours are sharp enough to pierce your retina.’
    • ‘In other words, match the tanner shade to your skin tone rather than the colour you would like to be.’
    • ‘We'll read a few of them next week and see if what you wrote matches what, in fact, he said.’
    • ‘The honeyed brown of the truck matched her skin tone perfectly, and it was leathery soft.’
    go with, coordinate with, complement, harmonize with, blend with, tone with, team with, be the same as, be similar to, suit
    be a pair, be a set, be the same, go together
    correspond, be in agreement, tally, agree, match up, coincide, accord, conform, square, harmonize, be consonant, be compatible
    corresponding, equivalent, parallel, analogous, coordinating, complementing, complementary, harmonizing, blending, toning, harmonious, the same, paired, twin, coupled, double, duplicate, identical, like, like peas in a pod, like two peas in a pod, alike, comparable, similar, correlative, congruent, tallying, agreeing, concordant, consonant
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    1. 1.1[with object] Put (someone or something) together with someone or something else appropriate or harmonious:
      ‘she was trying to match the draperies to the couch’
      • ‘When pieces are stolen and smuggled out, sometimes blocks of fossils are matched together mistakenly.’
      • ‘There was no outright winner but 12 people matched three numbers.’
      • ‘Our role is to place them in the most appropriate position, matching the candidate's skills to those required by the client.’
      • ‘How do you go about matching the appropriate celebrity with the clients?’
      • ‘Each rider is matched with a horse of the appropriate weight and height, but they are all at ease with teaching people who have never ridden before.’
      • ‘The biggest problem was matching cars with people, most of whom wanted one-way rentals out of airports.’
      • ‘They simply seem like two oddly matched adults, thrown together.’
      • ‘Here, the game of matching his name to the appropriate subject can be astonishingly easy.’
      • ‘Tape the two vinyl sections firmly together after they are matched so they won't move when you cut them.’
      • ‘Are there people you want to read solo whom you'd like less if they were matched up with some appropriate co-bloggers?’
      • ‘We put together an unprecedented ground operation, but it was matched by the zealots on the right.’
      • ‘Pin two sections together, matching the squares; stitch between the squares.’
      • ‘She had a gift for getting people to work together and she could always match the right person to the right job.’
      • ‘My answers were matched with those of people who were happy and successful in certain jobs.’
      • ‘Use wire nuts to fasten the two ends together, matching the color-coded wires.’
      combine, match up, link, bring together, put together, unite, marry, pair up, yoke, team, couple, pair, ally
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  • 2[with object] Be equal to (something) in quality or strength:

    ‘his anger matched her own’
    • ‘For six weeks, the results on the field matched the hype off it.’
    • ‘His continually moronic, arrogant behaviour has meant that his results have never matched the drivel that comes out of his mouth.’
    • ‘The power of the press to cause panic was matched by their equal power to quell the imbalance they had caused.’
    • ‘Sadly this tough talk is not matched by results.’
    • ‘This sensitivity about representing race is not matched by an equal sensitivity about representing class.’
    • ‘But then his intellectual brilliance is matched by his enigmatic personality - you can't be sure what he's really up to.’
    • ‘So, in many ways, the results didn't match the symbolism that he obviously enjoyed.’
    • ‘I tried a couple of shots to see if I could record what I saw today but the results didn't match my vision.’
    • ‘Often they don't bother to announce rises at all, and when they do the result rarely matches the hike to the base rate the Bank of England has announced.’
    • ‘The whiskey beat his expectations but didn't match his own collection.’
    • ‘Can't we pick people with a keener sense of how their strengths match the demands of the role?’
    • ‘The selfishness of fame seekers is only matched by the personal cost they have to pay for the fame they seek.’
    • ‘Their skills increased as they trained and soon Raymond's people matched warriors of the other village.’
    • ‘The quality of the hot dog is matched by the quality of the toppings.’
    • ‘It should be as light and as strong as possible, and its size should match your body and strength.’
    • ‘They found that the couples whose expectations matched their relationship skills were most satisfied.’
    • ‘Her beautiful looks and elegant acting were matched by rich tone, expressiveness, and virtuoso technique, which can be heard in her recordings.’
    • ‘He would have brushed me off, made me answer for my tone - but not argued with me, not matched me shout for shout.’
    • ‘McCarthy's perceived influence among his peers is matched by his personal popularity.’
    • ‘The allure of the strapline was usually matched by the quality of the content.’
    equal, be equal to, be the equal of, be a match for, measure up to, compare with, parallel, be in the same league as, be in the same category as, be on a par with, touch, keep pace with, keep up with, emulate, rival, vie with, compete with, contend with
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    1. 2.1 Succeed in reaching or equalling (a standard or quality):
      ‘he tried to match her nonchalance’
      • ‘Two years ago more than 124,000 people attended this event, but they knew those figures couldn't be matched this time.’
      • ‘One survey suggests that if British enterprise levels matched those in the United States an extra 250,000 businesses would be created.’
      • ‘Some of the dioramas were repainted up to six times until they matched his exacting standards.’
      • ‘The next event was his best, the high jump, in which he matched his personal best, jumping clear of the field and moving into fourth.’
      • ‘Schools in the area have once again performed well, with most at least matching the national average pass rate.’
      • ‘There's a uniformly high standard set that is matched, then raised by every participant.’
      • ‘New York City matched an 1893 degree record low for the day at one degree, according to the National Weather Service.’
      • ‘Thirty scores dotted the game, almost matching a modest foul count of 34.’
      • ‘Schools in the district have chalked up outstanding performances, with most of them at least matching the national average pass rate.’
      come up to, measure up to, meet with, be equal to, be as good as, satisfy, fulfil, answer to
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    2. 2.2 Equalize (two coupled electrical impedances) so as to bring about the maximum transfer of power from one to the other:
      ‘the impedance of microphones, auxiliary equipment, and loudspeakers must be matched’
      • ‘If the load impedance perfectly matches the transmission line impedance, the reflected power is zero.’
      • ‘New features include a 1.8V matched impedance interface, known as stub series terminated logic.’
      • ‘An impedance matching circuit is provided for each signal-carrying wire pair of the first and second wire pair sets.’
      • ‘Care should be taken in impedance matching between the elements of the user's GPS system.’
  • 3[with object] Place (a person or group) in competition with another:

    ‘the big names were matched against nobodies’
    ‘evenly matched teams’
    • ‘The teams are evenly matched as they have split their games so far this year.’
    • ‘We are evenly matched so we have to hope we want it more on the night.’
    • ‘The teams were evenly matched and shared the lead throughout the match.’
    • ‘The two teams were evenly matched trading points early on.’
    • ‘This was a lively game of football with two evenly matched teams who played some good football in slippery conditions.’
    • ‘Both teams came with the spirit of competition and were evenly matched with the skills displayed by all participants.’
    • ‘From the very beginning, the teams were evenly matched.’
    • ‘While on the field of play both teams were evenly matched.’
    • ‘It was a titanic struggle between two evenly matched teams.’
    • ‘He can be effective in the slot when he's matched against nickel cornerbacks who can't get their hands on him.’
    • ‘Having drawn the first game it took extra time in this replay to separate what were two evenly matched teams.’
    • ‘In games like this where the stakes are so high, I think when the teams are evenly matched it can go either way.’
    • ‘The two teams are evenly matched in this series, and what will separate them is strategy.’
    • ‘The two periods of extra time also failed to separate these two evenly matched teams but one wonders how.’
    • ‘No good or exciting game can be played without the participation of two good evenly matched teams.’
    • ‘I will stare down the pack of cigarettes, matching wits and strength against tobacco.’
    • ‘An indication as to how evenly matched these two teams were is evidenced in the fact that both teams only registered one point each in the opening quarter.’
    • ‘Two very evenly matched teams traded score for score in the third quarter.’
    • ‘He was even matched against - and beat - the toughest cage fighters in the world in America.’
    • ‘This was an exciting game between two evenly matched teams.’
    draw against, set against, pit against, play off against
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Phrases

  • make a match

    • Get married:

      ‘Harry and the Harvey girl were going to make a match of it’
      • ‘Surely this is now her only chance of making a match, for any respectable gentleman is bound to be dissuaded from asking for her hand.’
      • ‘A Boston matron he met during his trip north tried to persuade him to remain in that city in the hopes of making a match for a marriageable daughter.’
      • ‘Apparently they were planning to make a match for me.’
      • ‘Her plan is to send Tess to get the woman to take her in and make a match for her with a wealthy man so that the family will be set for life.’
      • ‘Matrimonials on the Net may have a long way to go before they start rivalling the conventional ways of making a match, but web companies are really striving hard to realise the latent potential of this medium.’
      • ‘However, the very next day she was besieged with complaints from her disappointed newlyweds, and conceded the great wisdom needed for making a match that leads to a happy marriage.’
      • ‘Both in the movies and in life, Tracy thought he and Hepburn were far too different to make a match; she thought they were much too alike.’
  • meet one's match

    • Encounter one's equal in strength or ability:

      ‘Iris had met her match’
      • ‘In some of the most humble people in the world, the would-be makers of the economic commandments may well have met their match.’
      • ‘I imagine they have made some bawdy bravado remark about wanting to see someone's helmet, and have met their match.’
      • ‘However, on Wednesday they met their match even before stepping onto the cricket pitch.’
      • ‘But Edinburgh's dreaded parking attendants have finally met their match in the shape of the doughty Balmoral Hotel.’
      • ‘But at last our cold weather adventurer had met his match.’
      • ‘It's also reassuring to have finally met my match in ineptness.’
      • ‘I want to congratulate you on being a great interviewer, but I think you've met your match.’
      • ‘Professional eater that I am, I confess I met my match - even with the help of the women at the table taking their nibbling bites, I couldn't finish the dessert.’
      • ‘It is where some of Australia's great outback legends were created, and where some met their match.’
      • ‘And in the case of Saturday night's incident, the attacker nearly met his match.’
  • to match

    • Corresponding in some essential respect with something previously mentioned or chosen:

      ‘a new coat and a hat to match’
      • ‘We have a Premier League set-up in terms of facilities and we have ambitions to match.’
      • ‘So now we've just got the sideboard still to get, and possibly a new dining room table to match.’
      • ‘Never any trouble to look after, he was a great little pet with a personality to match.’
      • ‘The commercial offerings are very impressive, but tend to have a price tag to match.’
      • ‘Having bundles of money and a lifestyle to match is little more than a dream to most folk.’
      • ‘For millions of years it has led an unglamorous life with an unfortunate name to match.’
      • ‘He has always been a charismatic lead singer and he certainly has the stamina to match.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • match up to

    • Be as good as or equal to:

      ‘she matches up to the challenges of the job’
      • ‘No guy I've ever met has matched up to him and I doubt any guy ever will.’
      • ‘Sums given for flood relief have not matched up to even half of the needs of those left homeless, at risk, and without an income.’
      • ‘Neil's job aspirations have not matched up to what was expected.’
      • ‘And one way to make us feel that we are lacking is by showing us images of people the majority of us do not match up to.’
      • ‘The statistics of most of the old-timers don't match up to what guys are doing today.’
      • ‘So it seemed that, for me, anyway, poems were going to happen rarely if they were going to match up to what I would wish them to be.’
      • ‘You have to go through so many filters, answer to the critics, match up to the last decent work.’
      • ‘As the guidelines have recently changed we need to make sure that our operation matches up to what is expected.’
      • ‘But how could anything match up to what are quite frankly the most enjoyable gigs we've ever been to?’
      • ‘As far as pace is concerned, I don't think I have seen a single team that could match up to what we're doing.’
  • match someone with

    • Bring about the marriage of someone to:

      ‘try if you can to match her with a duke’
      • ‘You should consider yourself lucky that you have been matched with a young noble at all.’
      • ‘She wants to match Harriet with Mr. Elton, and when Harriet compliments him, Emma's plan is set in motion.’
      • ‘She arrives with strong opinions about politics and her social obligations that clash with her father's conservatism, and she has no patience with the upper-class twit her parents try to match her with.’
      • ‘John tells Elinor that they are thinking of matching Miss Morton with Robert, now that Edward is marrying Lucy.’
      • ‘After the death of her father-in-law and unsuccessful attempts at matching Mr. Tweedie with her daughters, Mrs. Lapham marries him herself, mainly to keep the silver shop in the family.’

Origin

Old English gemæcca ‘mate, companion’, of West Germanic origin; related to the base of make.

Pronunciation

match

/matʃ/

Main definitions of match in English

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match2

noun

  • 1A short, thin piece of wood or cardboard used to light a fire, being tipped with a composition that ignites when rubbed against a rough surface:

    ‘he struck a match against the wall’
    • ‘Then he lit a match, and began igniting the shreds in the cup as he breathed in through the tube.’
    • ‘I got up, and while doing so struck a match to ignite the overhead oxygen.’
    • ‘I struck a match and lit a candle and put it in the green glass dish and I went into the kitchen.’
    • ‘Take great care not to light fires, or even to discard matches or cigarette ends in areas where there is a danger of fire spreading.’
    • ‘He struck a match and the objects on the mantelpiece threw brief shadows on the wall.’
    • ‘After several attempts and most of the matches, she lit a small fire.’
    • ‘After counting them, and returning the bag, he found a match and lit a small fire.’
    • ‘Nama struck a match and its head went into flames, then she took it and lit a small lantern in the middle of the room.’
    • ‘It was sort of cool that night so I went up into the house, struck a match and lit the heater.’
    • ‘Little kids like myself were handed matches and told to light the candles.’
    • ‘He threw petrol in my car as I was sitting in it and he struck a match and threw it at the car.’
    • ‘He tried to light up his matches to put his shoes on fire and explode.’
    • ‘He took part in training sessions and even played for short periods in some matches.’
    • ‘He struck a match and turned on the gas fire stove, placing a greased pan on the fire.’
    • ‘She positioned some sticks, and lit a fire with matches in her pocket, and sat down to warm up.’
    • ‘They have to catch and prepare their own food, light a fire without matches and build a shelter.’
    • ‘It was he who struck a match and carried out the dramatic unmasking of the villain.’
    • ‘He poured some of the gas on the trash, struck a match, and soon the fire roared.’
    • ‘She struck a match on the rough side of the box, and quickly threw the burning stick onto the first bush.’
    • ‘He lit a match and warmed the foil until the powder liquified.’
    1. 1.1historical A piece of wick or cord designed to burn at a uniform rate, used for firing a cannon or lighting gunpowder.

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘wick of a candle’): from Old French meche, perhaps from Latin myxa spout of a lamp, later lamp wick.

Pronunciation

match

/matʃ/