Definition of mismatch in English:



  • 1A failure to correspond or match; a discrepancy.

    ‘a huge mismatch between supply and demand’
    • ‘She began by giving the best definition of disability I have ever heard: a mismatch between people and their environment.’
    • ‘So there's obviously a major mismatch between where the training's going and where the training's needed.’
    • ‘A mismatch between services needed in smaller communities and the services provided also existed.’
    • ‘On the other hand, there was a distinct mismatch between the scale of the opportunity now presented and the resources available.’
    • ‘This is being done despite the full knowledge that there is a large mismatch between the obligations and the value of the underlying assets.’
    • ‘The kind of deflation that economists worry about is the kind that is caused by a mismatch between the supply of money and the demand for it.’
    • ‘For example, maybe we can solve the problem of the mismatch between theory and experiment by saying that the vacuum energy somehow doesn't make the universe accelerate like ordinary energy does.’
    • ‘A result of the tax-cut crusade is that there is now a fundamental mismatch between the benefits Americans expect to receive from the government and the revenues government collect.’
    • ‘In a way, the mismatch between virus and vaccine isn't surprising.’
    • ‘We've got a fundamental mismatch between resources.’
    • ‘It can also bridge the paradoxical mismatch between wide spread unemployment on the one hand and a shortage of properly trained manpower on the other.’
    • ‘The mortgage finance system is considered indispensable in addressing the mismatch between demand and supply in the real estate market.’
    • ‘There was a mismatch between theory and understanding, when the accent should have been on continuous learning.’
    • ‘If nothing else, the souring climate is feeding the market's sense of apprehension about the mismatch between valuations and earnings.’
    • ‘But now I have another reason to dislike the need for sleep - there is a fundamental mismatch between a baby's sleep schedule and that of their parents.’
    • ‘This mismatch between layers of consciousness causes a multitude of misunderstandings between individuals, groups, corporations and governments.’
    • ‘It is vital, expensive, and technically complex, and in addition, there is a glaring mismatch between need and ability to pay.’
    • ‘This discrepancy may result in a mismatch between perceived and actual diet and thus lead to overrepresentation of patients in the action and maintenance stages.’
    • ‘They were emphatic about the mismatch between their non-nuclear family structures and the conditions they are required to meet under family assistance payment arrangements.’
    • ‘He wrote at length on the mismatch between the speech and the audience.’
    discrepancy, lack of congruence, inconsistency, contradiction, incongruity, incongruousness, conflict, discord, irreconcilability, misalliance, mismarriage, mésalliance, bad match
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  • 2An unequal or unfair sporting contest.

    ‘there are fewer mismatches so spectators get better value for money’
    • ‘Each day, you'll get a look at the best and worst match-up in MLB, along with the biggest mismatch and the marquee game of the day.’
    • ‘Wales went down 2-0 but many of their players played above themselves in what proved to be a mismatch.’
    • ‘If you believe the preseason predictions, this could be an epic mismatch.’
    • ‘So it's a meaningless mismatch punctuated by spite, scrappy goals, cards and, with the exception of the peerless Pires, no flair.’
    • ‘Thackley gave their opponents the run around for much of the mismatch, cutting Brodsworth open at will with crisp passing and intelligent movement.’
    • ‘East Bierley's home tie against Great Horton proved a mismatch, the home side winning by 241 runs.’
    • ‘Troupe is in that same mold - an athlete capable of creating mismatches with his combination of size and speed.’
    • ‘It's the matchups that aren't mismatches, the ones that are strength-vs.-strength, that are fun to watch.’
    • ‘The resulting bout is a bit of a physical mismatch, with Fielden giving away three stone in weight but enjoying a six-inch height advantage and considerable reach advantage.’
    • ‘This should be started early in March, when the NCAA hoops tourney consists mainly of mismatches.’
    • ‘Rarely have England been able to overcome such a mismatch.’
    • ‘There was precious little to threaten their authority here, with this game a mismatch from the opening exchanges.’
    • ‘These games can very often be a mismatch but not always, as Yorkshire know to their cost.’
    • ‘The tournament witnessed many mismatches and kicked off only in the second week.’


  • Match (people or things) unsuitably or incorrectly.

    ‘a pair of mismatched cops’
    • ‘The tables don't look much newer; they're mismatched and, on occasion, wobbly.’
    • ‘He stuck candles in wine bottles on each of his artfully mismatched tables.’
    • ‘Her book, to be published next spring, claims the couple were mismatched.’
    • ‘Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell star as mismatched cops who kill a hundred people and then bond.’
    • ‘As a result, in this segment of the market, high demand continues to be mismatched with relatively scarce supply.’
    • ‘The 5 mismatched residues are probably due to errors in peptide sequencing since they are located towards the end of the sequences.’
    • ‘The walls are painted an inhospitable pink and the chairs are mismatched and less comfortable.’
    • ‘The two pictures I hold in my mind are strangely mismatched, the first has a power that the second doesn't.’
    • ‘In other words, his question and my answer were deliberately mismatched.’
    • ‘Cecilia and Joe had similar tastes and almost everything in the apartment was mismatched and worn.’
    • ‘I know most of these components come from different companies, but do they have to be so mismatched?’
    • ‘Not only were they mismatched in color, but they were frayed on the ends and had various holes on the sleeves.’
    • ‘Many times family pictures are displayed in photo frames we've grown tired of or are mismatched.’
    • ‘How should the data be mapped across various sources, and how will data users identify mismatched data?’
    • ‘We were mismatched in every way but one, and a lot of bad things happened.’
    • ‘On top of that, the capacity is mismatched with the type of mid-market average growth deals that happen most often in Scotland.’
    • ‘Tables are covered in plain white tablecloths and surrounded by carefully mismatched chairs upholstered in green or red.’
    • ‘Couples will forever be mismatched in their preferences for solo versus joint activities.’
    • ‘He has mismatched eyes - his right eye is reddish-purple from cataracts and his left eye is milky white.’
    • ‘Nucleotides that are mismatched with the original sequences are italicized.’
    ill-assorted, ill-matched, incongruous, unsuited, incompatible, inharmonious, conflicting, inconsistent, opposed, at odds
    out of keeping, clashing, discrepant
    uneven, dissimilar, unlike, unalike, different, varying, variant, at variance, disparate, unrelated, divergent, deviating, diverse, various, contrasting, distinct
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