Definition of synonymous in US English:



  • 1(of a word or phrase) having the same or nearly the same meaning as another word or phrase in the same language.

    ‘aggression is often taken as synonymous with violence’
    • ‘If at one point the terms were synonymous their meanings have gradually diverged.’
    • ‘However, clinical psychology is not synonymous with professional psychology.’
    • ‘I for one do not share the view that the terms are essentially synonymous.’
    • ‘The term ‘inner city’ has in the last thirty years become almost synonymous with deprivation.’
    • ‘What becomes evident next is that for them defense is synonymous with aggression.’
    • ‘Further, some authors use the term as being synonymous with replication origin.’
    • ‘Inflation is not synonymous with rising prices, of course, but rather is the prime causative factor.’
    • ‘Back in England, the phrase ‘mumbo jumbo’ became synonymous with rubbish rantings.’
    • ‘Cleanliness represented the first step to success and became synonymous with efficiency.’
    • ‘Sustainability is not synonymous with renewability but it is strongly linked to it.’
    • ‘It is related to, but not synonymous with, hydrogen concentration or amount of acid.’
    • ‘Many feel cold and stark, which may seem synonymous with sanitary and hygienic but are not.’
    equal, identical
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    1. 1.1 Closely associated with or suggestive of something.
      ‘his deeds had made his name synonymous with victory’
      • ‘One of those names that comes to mind is a man whose name is synonymous with wrestling.’
      • ‘The sport of boxing has always been synonymous with weird and wonderful stories about fighters and their deeds outside the ring.’
      • ‘Before the nineteenth century, the national identity was synonymous with the peasantry.’
      • ‘In the 400 years since, the Netherlands has become synonymous with this most beloved of spring flowers.’
      • ‘As such the characters have become synonymous with the band and, hopefully, have helped endear them to the public.’
      • ‘For years, the internet has been practically synonymous with anonymity.’
      • ‘Granted, Chekhov's name is not synonymous with comedy, but this work shows he has a lighter side.’
      • ‘No president since Nixon leaves office so synonymous with a major scandal.’
      • ‘Teaching about diversity is synonymous with a quality education in health care.’
      • ‘It doesn't help that in many schools, fast foods are synonymous with school lunch.’
      • ‘This crisis has proved that high income is not synonymous with a civic society that is independent and autonomous.’
      • ‘The Bahamas, and Stuart Cove in particular, have since become synonymous with shark-feeding dives.’
      • ‘The effect was an immediate success as the griffin became a universally recognized symbol synonymous with quality.’
      • ‘Not only does the garment instantly suggest dance, it is synonymous with classical ballet.’
      • ‘The aim of The Gazette's campaign is to make this phrase something that our town and borough becomes synonymous with.’
      • ‘Letting him go ends any association with an era that is, for many Russians, synonymous with corruption.’
      • ‘Uncertainty is almost synonymous with the pharmaceutical industry - it comes with the territory.’
      • ‘The place became synonymous with the burgeoning agitation and with the revolutionary Devlin.’
      • ‘In my teenage years vacations were synonymous with swimsuits and a train to the Jersey shore.’