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Pronunciation: /sām/


(the same)
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 [with clause]: he put on the same costume that he had worn in Ottawa
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  • For such a small place you would expect the price of the same item in different stores to be almost identical.
  • It's funny how different people remember the same event in different ways.
  • It tells the stories of three families of different culture in the same borough of London and is an exuberant read.
1.1Not having changed; unchanged: he’s worked at the same place for quite a few years
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  • The more things change the more they stay the same.
  • However, the dating system has stayed the same.
  • I like getting up at the same time every day.
1.2Used 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
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  • In place of Watkin's Folly, indeed on the exact same spot, was built the Empire Stadium.
  • Three years ago, the two men met at the same stage of the Australian Open.
  • The same number was subsequently transferred to a Honda Accent.
1.3 (this/that same) Referring to a person or thing just mentioned: that same year I went to Boston
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  • As well, they left us with that same old promise that the band will soon be putting out an album.
  • Many New Toronto residents still use that same transit route to get in and out of the city.
  • During this same period, my home telephone and my mobile phone were subject to nuisance calls.
2Of an identical type; exactly similar: they all wore the same clothes
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  • We get up about the same time every day, eat the same sorts of things, and put on the same sort of clothes.
  • 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.
indistinguishable, interchangeable, corresponding, equivalent, parallel, like, comparable, similar, congruent, concordant, consonant
unchanging, unvarying, unvaried, invariable, consistent, uniform, regular


1 (the same) The same thing as something previously mentioned: I’ll resign and encourage everyone else to do the same
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  • In other matters of form, the opening scenes were very much the same as in previous years.
  • Irrespective of the size of the company the employment issues are still the same, he said.
  • The present format of the draw will remain the same as will the two euro play.
1.1People or things that are identical or share the same characteristics: there are several brands and they’re not all the same
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  • Students are not all the same. They come from many different backgrounds. Some are ready to move on to challenging college courses right away.
  • Also, it's unlikely that the reports are exactly the same. Subtle variances can make a difference.
2(Chiefly in formal or legal use) the person or thing just mentioned: sighted sub, sank same
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  • The same Mr. Samaranch recently made a statement: "I am sure that the Olympic Games in Beijing will be the best in Olympic history".
  • All age groups are welcome to participate and sponsorship of same would be very welcome.
  • 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
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  • 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

In spite of this; nevertheless: she knew they had meant it kindly, but it had hurt all the same
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  • Xander was certain that she was just doing this to spite him, but it rankled 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.
  • 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.
1.1In any case; anyway: I can manage alone, thanks all the same
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  • Thanks all the same, I normally only date people that are my age or older, but thank you.
  • I've already had my winter illness thanks all the same, I don't want it again it's boring!
  • Interesting, but I like it just the way it is really, thanks all the same Frank.

at the same time

see time.

be all the same to

Be unimportant to (someone) what happens: it was all the same to me where it was being sold
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
immaterial, of no importance, of no consequence, inconsequential, unimportant, of little account, irrelevant, insignificant, trivial, petty

by the same token

see token.

one and the same

The same person or thing (used for emphasis): the guy in the glasses and Superman were one and the same
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  • He's lobbying to make the working age and the voting age one and the same.
  • The casual listener might even think the two projects are one and the same.
  • It reminds us that nationhood and identity are not one and the same.

same difference

informal Used to express the speaker’s belief that two or more things are essentially the same, in spite of apparent differences.
Example sentences
  • By the way James Whittaker writes for the Mirror and not the Star but hey - same difference these days… almost.
  • 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?’
  • Copper Quarter, Gold Nickel same difference, it's a form of currency.

same here

informal The same applies to me.
Example sentences
  • ‘Yeah, same here,’ Chiisaii agreed, half asleep.
  • 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.

(the) same to you!

May you do or have the same thing (a response to a greeting or insult).
Example sentences
  • You say that we are doomed; I must retort the same to you!

the very same

The same (used for emphasis, often to express surprise): the very same thrillers that flop in theaters become video hits
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  • No surprise Amanda said the very same thing when that question was posed to her.
  • Just then my sister came through the very same door and the spotlight was once again off me.
  • She knew what he wanted the very same thing that she did but she also knew what he needed instead.


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

Words that rhyme with same

acclaim, aflame, aim, became, blame, came, claim, dame, exclaim, fame, flame, frame, game, lame, maim, misname, name, proclaim, shame, tame

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Syllabification: same

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Pronunciation: /ˈsāmē/

plural noun

Variant spelling of Sami.

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Syllabification: Sa·me

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