Definition of same in English:



  • 1Identical; not different.

    ‘she was saying the same thing over and over’
    ‘I have never made the same mistake since’
    ‘I'm the same age as you are’
    ‘the very same people who practised all the rules are now the most sceptical’
    with clause ‘he put on the same costume that he had worn in Ottawa’
    ‘she was still the same old Beth’
    • ‘HP additionally made it possible to run processors of different speeds in the same server.’
    • ‘It's funny how different people remember the same event in different ways.’
    • ‘Different shops gave entirely different recommendations for the same person.’
    • ‘These are both the same drug, under different names, used to control angina.’
    • ‘It tells the stories of three families of different culture in the same borough of London and is an exuberant read.’
    • ‘Sets of books would be used by different teachers to teach the same subject in different classes.’
    • ‘Cells from the same species and of the same type can glycosylate differently.’
    • ‘How can we all be so different with almost the same physical features and emotional needs?’
    • ‘What he did say was that the website said the same thing in different words, and that the difference was only subtle.’
    • ‘Research shows that even experienced educators differ when assessing the same event.’
    • ‘Different parts of the same plant, such as the flowers or seeds, can have very different actions.’
    • ‘Her clothes, the same ones I saw her wearing last, a white t-shirt and combat trousers.’
    • ‘It can't be co-incidence that we're guided to the same place by different people!’
    • ‘Is this a different ship or the same ship that is believed to have sunk off Kochi?’
    • ‘Although the language used is different, the same grievances are being aired.’
    • ‘So she put her hair up in the same ponytail as last night and casually put on any clothes.’
    • ‘For such a small place you would expect the price of the same item in different stores to be almost identical.’
    • ‘Christian crusaders and missionaries had the same aim under a different banner.’
    • ‘In a small universe, light from the same source would arrive in the same place from different directions.’
    • ‘The colour-coded chart in his office tells the same story in a different way.’
    the identical, the very same, selfsame, one and the same, the very
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    1. 1.1 Not having changed; unchanged.
      ‘he's worked at the same place for quite a few years’
      • ‘IDC predicts growth will remain the same over the next five years.’
      • ‘The more things change the more they stay the same.’
      • ‘I like getting up at the same time every day.’
      • ‘He hopes to do the same kind of program in Houston next year.’
      • ‘I think some of these home shows have the same effect.’
      • ‘Try to take the medicine about the same time each day.’
      • ‘However, the dating system has stayed the same.’
      unchanging, unchanged, changeless, unvarying, unvaried, invariable, constant, consistent, uniform, regular
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    2. 1.2 Used to emphasize that one is referring to a particular, unique person or thing.
      ‘people will always notice if you wear the same shirt two days running’
      ‘they drank out of the same glass’
      • ‘The same number was subsequently transferred to a Honda Accent.’
      • ‘Anyone else making the same statement would be guilty of "an attempt to claim equality with God or displace him."’
      • ‘He looked up at the ceiling and remembered that it was the same isolation room where Watson used to place him after training with Rufus.’
      • ‘No medals for guessing that's how a certain race ended up roughly the same distance with exactly the same name.’
      • ‘Twenty-seven Bulgarian servicemen were injured in the same attack, with six reported at the start of this week to be in a critical condition.’
      • ‘Too many companies are trying the same gambit.’
      • ‘However, they are all at the same emotional development stage, more or less.’
      • ‘In place of Watkin's Folly, indeed on the exact same spot, was built the Empire Stadium.’
      • ‘And although they were the same stories they were told differently every time.’
      • ‘The Yiddish language may have many, many expressions for one and the same thing, let's say for a beggar.’
      • ‘Next week's teaser promises more of the same quirky humor and clever writing.’
      • ‘This is the same Senate that Blagojevich took part in swearing in today.’
      • ‘Casting has been announced for the London premiere of Sister Act, the new musical comedy based on the hit film of the same name.’
      • ‘On another occasion, these same slogans were etched onto the windows of her car with permanent etching fluid.’
      • ‘They're using a coating composed of nano particles made of silica, the same material glass is made from.’
      • ‘Three years ago, the two men met at the same stage of the Australian Open.’
      • ‘The same mixture, she notes, is often found in drunkards.’
      • ‘Liberals argue that all members of society must compromise some personal freedoms so that other members of the same society are not curtailed in their freedom.’
      • ‘The same hopes, the same dreams, a shared humanity that transcends everything else that may set us apart.’
      • ‘It should be apparent that in general I shall be applying the same principles that I considered appropriate in my previous reasons.’
    3. 1.3this/that same Referring to a person or thing just mentioned.
      ‘that same year I went to Boston’
      • ‘This single parent family would have been unable to rent privately in this same neighbourhood.’
      • ‘As well, they left us with that same old promise that the band will soon be putting out an album.’
      • ‘During this same period, my home telephone and my mobile phone were subject to nuisance calls.’
      • ‘The reality is that, if everyone made that same move, the Tories would win an outright victory.’
      • ‘Many New Toronto residents still use that same transit route to get in and out of the city.’
      • ‘Seems that he and a rowing buddy of his were going to take this same class, only they got to the gym too late.’
      • ‘It is just eleven years ago that Stradbally won a bronze medal for heritage in this same competition.’
      • ‘But give that same man the means to grow or catch his own food, and he will feed his family for a lifetime.’
      • ‘Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing another person for this same purpose.’
      • ‘I feel far safer as a cyclist in traffic than as a pedestrian walking along that same road.’
      selfsame, aforesaid, aforementioned
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  • 2Of an identical type; exactly similar.

    ‘they all wore the same clothes’
    • ‘The girl who acted in the very same ways I did, driven by the same madness and the same motives.’
    • ‘Both wore the same clothes, a square scarlet red cloth hung from their hip and they both wore black trousers.’
    • ‘We all wear the same clothes to show our Primary Cross, that is, what trait shows up primarily.’
    • ‘We get up about the same time every day, eat the same sorts of things, and put on the same sort of clothes.’
    • ‘They dress in the same style clothes and adorn themselves with the same accessories.’
    matching, identical, alike, duplicate, carbon-copy, twin, paired, coupled, double, indistinguishable, interchangeable, corresponding, equivalent, parallel, of a piece, all of a piece, like, like peas in a pod, like two peas in a pod, comparable, similar, correlative, congruent, tallying, agreeing, concordant, consonant
    unchanging, unchanged, changeless, unvarying, unvaried, invariable, constant, consistent, uniform, regular
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  • 1the sameThe same thing as something previously mentioned.

    ‘I'll resign and encourage everyone else to do the same’
    • ‘I came from the exact same educational system as all of you, and it was quite inadequate.’
    • ‘The rate of price rises since January actually exceeds the rate for same period last year.’
    • ‘Similarly suppliers of frames and needles became established in the same geographical areas.’
    • ‘The basal hydroponic solution used was the same as that described previously.’
    • ‘May not, this man reasons, these same happy levers of government be employed in showbusiness?’
    • ‘The growth conditions of winter genotypes were the same as described previously.’
    • ‘The very same neighbour recalls seeing a wheelie bin out for collection on occasions.’
    • ‘The general conditions regarding eligibility will be the same as in previous years.’
    • ‘There was only the one herd restricted, which is the same as in the previous year.’
    • ‘The same was true with the deer population in areas where wolves were eradicated.’
    • ‘Irrespective of the size of the company the employment issues are still the same, he said.’
    • ‘In other matters of form, the opening scenes were very much the same as in previous years.’
    • ‘The same applies to the controls, with too many identical small switches in a row.’
    • ‘It is broadly the same as the previous one, but rises to five storeys in places to accommodate bigger flats.’
    • ‘The same is true for all of the other British civil servants who are now running Montserrat.’
    • ‘The basic problem with this government is the same as with all previous Labour administrations.’
    • ‘The present format of the draw will remain the same as will the two euro play.’
    • ‘The third photograph is of another young woman possibly the same as in the previous one.’
    • ‘The same is true of the West's response, which has been all about creating an image of purposefulness.’
    the same thing, the aforementioned, the aforesaid, the above-mentioned
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    1. 1.1 People or things that are identical or share the same characteristics.
      ‘there are several brands and they're not all the same’
      • ‘Also, it's unlikely that the reports are exactly the same. Subtle variances can make a difference.’
      • ‘Students are not all the same. They come from many different backgrounds. Some are ready to move on to challenging college courses right away.’
  • 2(chiefly in formal or legal use) the person or thing just mentioned.

    ‘put the tailboard up and secure same with a length of wire’
    • ‘All age groups are welcome to participate and sponsorship of same would be very welcome.’
    • ‘It turns out that the head of same is a prominent member of the Australian Kurdish community.’
    • ‘The same Mr. Samaranch recently made a statement: "I am sure that the Olympic Games in Beijing will be the best in Olympic history".’
    • ‘The same woman waited until the delicately poised last chords of Mahler's slow movement to get up and leave.’


  • Similarly; in the same way.

    ‘treating women the same as men’
    ‘he gave me five dollars, same as usual’
    • ‘He broke down the tape, same as usual. He went through the goods and the bads, same as usual. He saw plenty of things that went wrong in Monday's Game 5, starting with losing the puck twice on the first shift, and ending with 40-plus shots that didn't get to the net.’


  • all (or just) the same

    • 1In spite of this; nevertheless.

      ‘she knew they had meant it kindly, but it had hurt all the same’
      • ‘Just the same, I wouldn't mind if at least one of this duo returned a phone message I left on an answering machine last week.’
      • ‘Xander was certain that she was just doing this to spite him, but it rankled all the same.’
      • ‘All the same, I wouldn't necessarily wish that kind of "miracle cure" on anybody. The transformation of my emotions and consciousness was so radical that I couldn't really handle it.’
      in spite of everything, in spite of that, nevertheless, nonetheless, even so, however, but, still, yet, though, be that as it may, for all that, despite everything, despite that, after everything, having said that, just the same, at the same time, in any event, come what may, at any rate, notwithstanding, regardless, anyway, anyhow
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      1. 1.1In any case; anyway.
        ‘thanks all the same, but I've something better to do’
        • ‘Overall, then, perhaps more intriguing than arresting, but an evening well spent all the same.’
        • ‘Doing that is extremely difficult, but it needs to be done all the same.’
        • ‘Thanks all the same, I normally only date people that are my age or older, but thank you.’
        • ‘Tabassum feels that it is a hectic profession, yet it is extremely rewarding all the same.’
        • ‘It's far from perfect, ignores half of everything I play, but fun all the same.’
        • ‘Interesting, but I like it just the way it is really, thanks all the same Frank.’
        • ‘I've already had my winter illness thanks all the same, I don't want it again it's boring!’
        • ‘It was not a particularly distinguished knock in any way, but it was a knock all the same.’
        • ‘Scotland had their victory, a scratchy affair but a victory all the same.’
        • ‘Food parcels may be harder to put together but necessary all the same.’
  • be all the same to

    • Be unimportant to (someone) what happens.

      ‘it was all the same to me where it was being sold’
      • ‘Within certain limits, so long as the axe had a sharp and usable edge, its shape was all the same to them.’
      • ‘If you'd rather I did not, it is all the same to me.’
      • ‘Together they had sailed the oceans of the world, wherever work was needed, either in the French Navy, on merchant vessels, or aboard East Indiamen, they were all the same to them.’
      • ‘I was now thoroughly confused, and felt terribly provincial when I said I'd rather sleep on the sofa, if it was all the same to him.’
      • ‘I could take them or leave them; it was all the same to me.’
      • ‘Well, anything that doesn't occur within the sacred bond of marriage is all the same to Santorum.’
      • ‘Because, well, I hate to say it, but if it really were all the same to him, he'd have accepted your gracious invite on the spot and spared himself the bother.’
      • ‘I'm flattered that you thought of me, but if it is all the same to you, I would rather stay on board the Blue Horizon.’
      immaterial, of no importance, of no consequence, inconsequential, unimportant, of no matter, of no moment, of little account, irrelevant, insignificant, trivial, petty, slight, inappreciable
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  • one and the same

    • The same person or thing (used for emphasis).

      • ‘I think that person I was talking about and this short brunette are one and the same.’
      • ‘It reminds us that nationhood and identity are not one and the same.’
      • ‘He's lobbying to make the working age and the voting age one and the same.’
      • ‘My dear Dr. Laura, it would seem that your two grievances are truly one and the same.’
      • ‘I grew up equating sex with love, believing them to be one and the same.’
      • ‘The casual listener might even think the two projects are one and the same.’
      • ‘So the ruling party and the former President were often seen as one and the same.’
      • ‘I suppose some people think that multiculturalism and equality are one and the same.’
      • ‘Come to think of it, the man with the beard and the man with the hood might be one and the same.’
      • ‘It is not feasible by any means to pit songwriting against poetry, for they are one and the same.’
  • same again

    • Another drink of the same kind as the last (said as a request or offer).

      • ‘Another drink? Thanks mate, don't mind if I do. Same again, please.’
      • ‘Same again, please, Charlie — two brandies and a coke.’
  • same difference

    • informal Used to express the speaker's belief that two or more things are essentially the same, in spite of apparent differences.

      ‘‘Jesuits, Christians, same difference’, the doctor said’
      • ‘On Friday there is a panel discussion by the Juvenile Justice Unit discussing ‘the Needs of Children in Conflict with the Law versus the Needs of Vulnerable Children, - Not the same difference?’’
      • ‘Watching a movie star is like being in love… or lust… same difference.’
      • ‘Copper Quarter, Gold Nickel same difference, it's a form of currency.’
      • ‘After two long hours of just rubbing his forehead, okay so maybe it was just two minutes, same difference though, I was getting tired of just waiting for his stupid migraine to heal.’
      • ‘Yeah, some folks call them consciences, I call them personalities, same difference.’
      • ‘Think of a bigger-budget version of The Story of Ricky, with a school substituting for a prison - some would say same difference - and over-the-top action in place of over-the-top gore, and you've pretty much got it.’
      • ‘I think she's thrilled… or infuriated, same difference.’
      • ‘By the way James Whittaker writes for the Mirror and not the Star but hey - same difference these days… almost.’
      • ‘Well, I think it came out more like an extremely smug smirk, but same difference, right?’
      • ‘But still what if she got pregnant last night, or early this morning, same difference.’
  • same here

    • informal The same applies to me.

      • ‘Yes same here, I was never so fond of Snow White, so I made a challenge to myself; if people don't like Snow White, I will MAKE THEM!’
      • ‘I am pretty much the kind to target what I want, so the same here - I line someone up.’
      • ‘I see… well, same here except that you don't see me leaving the house in my PJ's and going out in miles in the early morning’
      • ‘‘Yeah, same here,’ Chiisaii agreed, half asleep.’
  • same old, same old

    • Used to convey that something is drearily predictable or familiar.

      ‘the game's fantasy setting is the same old, same old’
      • ‘But the presentation is so smart and different that it really grabs one's attention in a market of same old, same old.’
      • ‘I'm a bit surprised this film was able to be made considering how much Hollywood seems to pride itself on churning out the same old, same old.’
      • ‘I had a taste for doing the unachievable, doing things that were interesting, not the same old, same old.’
      • ‘Quests and missions are functional, but the major problem they suffer from is that in a lot of ways they're still the same old, same old.’
      • ‘The chief provided 140 pages of the same old, same old, and six pages of new information.’
      • ‘In a trice, the thrill of the new evaporates, leaving you once again with that familiar feeling: same old, same old.’
      • ‘A.M.'s songs are nothing to write home about, no new ground is covered; same old, same old, however finely tuned they may be.’
      • ‘Let's just hope the single is Mercury Rev providing a gentle reintroduction of themselves before unleashing new sounds, rather than an indication of an album stuffed full of the same old, same old.’
      • ‘Anything less and the skeptics will have their day and, for the rest of us, five more years of the same old, same old.’
      • ‘Political spin is as old as politics, and it is tempting to view the Campaign '04 version as nothing more than an update of the same old, same old.’
  • (the) same to you!

    • May you do or have the same thing (a response to a greeting or insult).

      • ‘You say that we are doomed; I must retort the same to you!’


Middle English: from Old Norse sami, from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit sama, Greek homos.