Definition of mismatch in English:



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

    ‘a huge mismatch between supply and demand’
    • ‘So there's obviously a major mismatch between where the training's going and where the training's needed.’
    • ‘If nothing else, the souring climate is feeding the market's sense of apprehension about the mismatch between valuations and earnings.’
    • ‘In a way, the mismatch between virus and vaccine isn't surprising.’
    • ‘This mismatch between layers of consciousness causes a multitude of misunderstandings between individuals, groups, corporations and governments.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He wrote at length on the mismatch between the speech and the audience.’
    • ‘She began by giving the best definition of disability I have ever heard: a mismatch between people and their environment.’
    • ‘On the other hand, there was a distinct mismatch between the scale of the opportunity now presented and the resources available.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is being done despite the full knowledge that there is a large mismatch between the obligations and the value of the underlying assets.’
    • ‘A mismatch between services needed in smaller communities and the services provided also existed.’
    • ‘There was a mismatch between theory and understanding, when the accent should have been on continuous learning.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We've got a fundamental mismatch between resources.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The mortgage finance system is considered indispensable in addressing the mismatch between demand and supply in the real estate market.’
    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’
    • ‘There was precious little to threaten their authority here, with this game a mismatch from the opening exchanges.’
    • ‘Wales went down 2-0 but many of their players played above themselves in what proved to be a mismatch.’
    • ‘Troupe is in that same mold - an athlete capable of creating mismatches with his combination of size and speed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The tournament witnessed many mismatches and kicked off only in the second week.’
    • ‘Rarely have England been able to overcome such a mismatch.’
    • ‘This should be started early in March, when the NCAA hoops tourney consists mainly of mismatches.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So it's a meaningless mismatch punctuated by spite, scrappy goals, cards and, with the exception of the peerless Pires, no flair.’
    • ‘It's the matchups that aren't mismatches, the ones that are strength-vs.-strength, that are fun to watch.’
    • ‘East Bierley's home tie against Great Horton proved a mismatch, the home side winning by 241 runs.’
    • ‘These games can very often be a mismatch but not always, as Yorkshire know to their cost.’
    • ‘If you believe the preseason predictions, this could be an epic mismatch.’
    • ‘Thackley gave their opponents the run around for much of the mismatch, cutting Brodsworth open at will with crisp passing and intelligent movement.’


[with object]
Pronunciation /mɪsˈmatʃ/
usually as adjective mismatched
  • Match (people or things) unsuitably or incorrectly.

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