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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun match:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb match:


The word match is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun match

What does match mean as a name of something?

Match is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: matches

  1. lighter consisting of a thin piece of wood or cardboard tipped with combustible chemical; ignites with friction
    • example: he always carries matches to light his pipe
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of match: friction match / lucifer
    • more generic words: igniter / ignitor / light / lighter = a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires
    • more specific terms:
      • fusee / fuzee = a friction match with a large head that will stay alight in the wind
      • kitchen match = a wooden friction match that will light on any granular surface
      • book matches / safety match = a paper match that strikes only on a specially prepared surface
      • slow match = match or fuse made to burn slowly and evenly
    • part: matchstick = a short thin stick of wood used in making matches
  2. a formal contest in which two or more persons or teams compete
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • more generic words: competition / contest = an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants
    • more specific terms:
      • boxing match = a match between boxers
      • chess match = a match between chess players
      • cockfight = a match in a cockpit between two fighting cocks heeled with metal gaffs
      • cricket match = a match between two cricket teams
      • diving event / diving = an athletic competition that involves diving into water
      • field event = a competition that takes place on a field rather than on a running track
      • final = the final match between the winners of all previous matches in an elimination tournament
      • quarterfinal = one of the four competitions in an elimination tournament whose winners go on to play in the semifinals
      • semifinal / semi = one of the two competitions in the next to the last round of an elimination tournament
      • swimming event = an athletic competition that involves swimming
      • tennis match = a match between tennis players
      • matched game / match game / test match = an international championship match
      • wrestling match = a match between wrestlers
  3. a burning piece of wood or cardboard
    • example: if you drop a match in there the whole place will explode
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: igniter / ignitor / light / lighter = a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires
  4. an exact duplicate
    • example: when a match is found an entry is made in the notebook
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of match: mate
    • more generic words: duplicate / duplication = a copy that corresponds to an original exactly
  5. the score needed to win a match
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • more generic word: score = a number that expresses the accomplishment of a team or an individual in a game or contest
  6. a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonym of match: catch
    • more generic words: adult / grownup = a fully developed person from maturity onward
  7. a person who is of equal standing with another in a group
  8. a pair of people who live together
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonyms of match: couple / mates
    • more generic terms: family / family unit = primary social group
    • more specific terms:
      • power couple = a couple both of whom have high-powered careers or are politically influential
      • DINK = a couple who both have careers and no children
  9. something that resembles or harmonizes with
    • example: that tie makes a good match with your jacket
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic terms: counterpart / opposite number / vis-a-vis = a person or thing having the same function or characteristics as another

Alternative definition of the noun match


  1. [sport] Sporting event such as a boxing meet, a baseball game, or a cricket match.
  2. Someone with a measure of an attribute equaling or exceeding the object of comparison.
  3. A marriage.
  4. See Suitability.
  5. Equivalence; a state of correspondence.
  6. A pair of items or entities with mutually suitable characteristics.
  7. Device made of wood or paper, at the tip coated with chemicals that ignite with the friction of being dragged (struck) against a rough dry surface.

Specialised definition of the noun match

Glossary of sports

a contest between opponents, especially a sporting contest (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

somebody or something capable of competing equally with another person or thing (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a series of matches between two teams, involving wrestlers from different weight classes.

Glossary of sports / darts

a series of games, usually best-two-out of three

Glossary of sports / freestyle skiing

a skiing position in which the knees and feet are pinned together

Glossary of sports / hockey / ice hockey

a hockey game

Glossary of sports / racquetball

a complete best two-out-of-three contest

Glossary of sports / rugby union

a match is made up of two halves, each 40 minutes long, plus injury time. Teams change ends after a five-minute break

Glossary of sports / soccer

a soccer game

Glossary of sports / table tennis

a series of games played to determine a winner, typically best-of-three or best-of-five

Glossary of sports / tennis

a tennis contest made up of sets, as a set is made up of games. In major competition, a men's match is made up of five sets and the winner is the player who first wins three sets. Women usually play best-of-three matches

Glossary of sports / wrestling

a bout

Definition of the verb match

What does match mean as a doing word?

Match is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: matched | matching | matches

  1. be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
  2. provide funds complementary to
    • example: The company matched the employees' contributions
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic words: furnish / provide / render / supply = give something useful or necessary to
  3. bring two objects, ideas, or people together
    • example: Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Patient, plural]A new firm will integrate their ice cream production lines | Herman mixed the eggs
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Patient 1] into / to / with [Patient 2]Diabetics can now incorporate sugar into their desserts
      [Patient, plural] [Verb] [Adverb]Eggs mix well | The pieces interconnect easily | These computers connected well
      [Patient 1 - concrete object] [Verb] [Adverb] with [Patient 2]Folk songs alternate well with pop songs
      [Patient 1 - concrete object] [Verb] with [Patient 2]Ice cream integrates with desserts

      Verbs of Combining (with the same syntax): couple, incorporate, integrate, overlap.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of match: couple / mate / pair / twin
    • more generic word: join = cause to become joined or linked
    • more specific words:
  4. be equal to in quality or ability
    • example: Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of match: equal / rival / touch
    • more generic words: compete / contend / vie = compete for something; engage in a contest
  5. make correspond or harmonize
    • examples: Match my sweater | They match the cape
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of match: fit
    • more generic words: adjust / correct / set = alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard
    • more specific words: equilibrate / equilibrise / equilibrize / balance = bring into balance or equilibrium
  6. give or join in marriage
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: join = cause to become joined or linked
  7. set into opposition or rivalry
    • example: let them match their best athletes against ours
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • synonyms of match: oppose / pit / play off
    • more generic words: confront / face = oppose, as in hostility or a competition
  8. be equal or harmonize
    • example: The two pieces match
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: adapt / adjust / conform = adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions
  9. make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching


Match was a retail chain, situated in Hungary, is part of the Louis Delhaize Group, open in several European countries along with the Antilles and Guyana. Match supermarkets offered a large range of different food products in Hungary. There was 48 Match supermarkets open in Hungary. All of them were rebranded as CBA and Coop.


Who is Match?

Match a.k.a. [email protected] is an actor.


  1. Match is a fictional character in the DC Comics Universe. He is a clone of Superboy. Match appeared in the Superboy title, issues of Young Justice and the Sins of Youth and Joker's Last Laugh crossover events. Currently, he is a member of the Titans East, which debuted in Teen Titans #43.
  2. Match is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics. A mutant, Hamill attended the Xavier Institute before its closing. While at the Institute, Hamill was the field leader of the Paragons training squad.
  3. Match is a fictional character in the 1985 film Back to the Future.

There are other characters with in their name, like Match Maker and Match-Maker.


"Match" is a play by Stephen Belber.


  1. "Match" is a 2014 comedy, drama and family film directed by Stephen Belber.
  2. "Match" a.k.a. "The Matchmaker" is a 1997 comedy film set in Ireland.
  3. "Match" a.k.a. "Match." is a film, directed by Chad Corhan.
  4. "Match" is a 2005 animated short film directed by Luis Sartori do Vale.
    • genre: Animation
    • released in (10 years ago)


"Match" is a video game.

  • genre: Strategy video game
  • publishers: Code Works, The


  1. "Match" is a musical album of The Pros.
  2. "Match" is a composition.


  1. Match: A match is a tool for starting a fire. Typically, modern matches are made of small wooden sticks or stiff paper. One end is coated with a material that can be ignited by frictional heat generated by striking the match against a suitable surface. Wooden matches are packaged in matchboxes, and paper matches are partially cut into rows and stapled into matchbooks. The coated end of a match, known as the match "head", contains either phosphorus or phosphorus sesquisulfide as the active ingredient and gelatin as a binder. There are two main types of matches: safety matches, which can be struck only against a specially prepared surface, and strike-anywhere matches, for which any suitably frictional surface can be used. Some match-like compositions, known as electric matches, are ignited electrically and do not make use of heat from friction. The average burn time is 26.75 seconds. The average burn length is 0.566 of a match.
  2. Match: Match! is a weekly British football magazine aimed at the teenage and pre-teenage market. First published in 1979, the magazine has a circulation of 57,108 as of December 2010. The magazine includes interviews, a skills school, quizzes and a weekly round-up of results, tables and player ratings from the four main English divisions and the Scottish Premier League in MatchFacts. It mostly covers teams and players in the English Premier League, but also has a limited coverage of La Liga, Serie A and international football.
  3. Match is a carbonated Japanese soft drink usually sold in street vending machines. The drink was previously sold in standard aluminum cans with pop tops. It is now sold in bottles. The flavor of the drink is described as "fruity" and is quite popular among tourists. Though the drink is far from ubiquitous in Japan, there have been reports of it being sold in Ginza and Yokohama. Match is sold in 300ml, 350ml, 480ml, and 500ml containers.
  4. Match is a 2004 theater production of the play by Stephen Belber.
    • award:
      • Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play nomination for Frank Langella
      • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play nomination for Frank Langella
      • Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play nomination for Frank Langella
      • Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Broadway Play nomination for Stephen Belber
      • Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, received by Frank Langella
  5. Match: Represents a specific sporting match where one group or individual competes against others and a single winner is declared.
  6. Match: The soccer match in which this team played.

Phrases with Match

Phrases starting with the word Match:

  1. match-up
  2. Match Day
  3. match game
  4. match play
  5. Match Drill
  6. match plane
  7. match point
  8. Match-Maker
  9. Match fixing

Phrases ending with the word Match:

  1. Cage Match
  2. love match
  3. Post-Match
  4. slow match
  5. test match
  6. Tour Match
  7. chess match
  8. Quick Match
  9. Storm Match
  10. boxing match
  11. Grudge Match

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Match

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Google previewThe Birth Order Book of Love (2008)

How the #1 Personality Predictor Can Help You Find ""the One"" by William Cane

Your best match is the older brother of sisters.

Google previewCurriculum Alignment (2009)

Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement by David A. Squires

Content match is the alignment of the content of state standards to the content of state assessment items. Depth match means aligning the cognitive complexity, or the concept difficulty, between the standards and the assessments. Emphasis ...

Google previewThe Canadian Club Yearbook (1914)

by Canadian Club of Ottawa

A match is a potential conflagration.

Google previewAlgorithms and Computation (2005)

16th International Symposium, ISAAC 2005, Sanya, Hainan, China, December 19-21, 2005, Proceedings by Xiaotie Deng, Dingzhu Du

We generalize the notations match and dominating match and rank as follows. A match is an m-tuple, (i1 ,...,im) where a1i1 = a2i2 =...

Google previewFootball and Management (2012)

Comparisons between Sport and Enterprise by S. Soderman

The match is the product, which is delivered by individuals that have to be well integrated to beat the competing team. Normally...

Google previewWong's Nursing Care of Infants and Children Multimedia Enhanced Version (2013)

by Marilyn J. Hockenberry, David Wilson

The only truly compatible tissue match is that between identical twin siblings. The next best possible match is a sibling, then a ...

Google previewJavaScript Developer's Dictionary (2002)

by Alexander J. Vincent

match(y) + "<br>") // returns ab docment.write(x.match(z) ) // returns ac //--> </script> </body> </html> The period . character tells a regular ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology (2002)

Volume 45 - Supplement 30 by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

A segmentation method called Forward Maximum Match (13) is used as a control for comparison. Forward Maximum Match scans sentences from left to right. Character sequences consisting of the first character are first checked against a ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Translation Technology (2004)

by Sin-wai Chan

EUROLANG Optimizer, exact match, file-based translation memory. ForeignDesk, fuzzy match, general computerized tool. KWIC concordancer, machine-aided human translation, machine-aided translation, machine-assisted human ...

Google previewEncyclopedic Dictionary of Pyrotechnics (2012)

(and Related Subjects) - B&W by B. J. Kosanke, Barry T. Sturman, Robert M. Winokur

Electric Matches: Physical Parameters K. L. and B. J. Kosanke “n/p” means the electric match was “not provided” with a shroud from the supplier. (a) Electric match tip size is the average of measurements made on 5 tips and is reported to the ...

Google previewDictionary Activities (2007)

by Cindy Leaney

Students first match the words ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Scientific Units (2013)

Including dimensionless numbers and scales by H. G. Jerrard

It is possible for a mixture of three primary colours to match white or any other colour. The colours are red, green and blue.

Google previewThe Historical Dictionary of Golfing Terms (2005)

From 1500 to the Present by Peter Davies

/ match match n. 1 A contest between two sides composed of one, two, or occasionally more players, in which the score is by holes, and now usually played over a stipulated round. 1786 Regulations of the Grail Golfing Society (in Clapcott ...

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Quotes about Match

At least with me, the match starts much, much earlier than the actual match. (Sachin Tendulkar)
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Scrabble value of M3A1T1C3H4

The value of this 5-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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