Definition of similar in English:


Syllabification: sim·i·lar
Pronunciation: /ˈsim(ə)lər


1Resembling without being identical: a soft cheese similar to Brie northern India and similar areas
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  • I think we can expect to hear words very similar to those when the defence sums up its case.
  • Even sinkholes similar to the one last summer have been around since the 18th Century.
  • Spawning takes place between October and December, and is very similar to that of the brown trout.
alike, (much) the same, indistinguishable, almost identical, homogeneous, homologous
informal much of a muchness
comparable, like, corresponding, homogeneous, equivalent, analogous
1.1 Geometry (Of geometric figures) having the same shape, with the same angles and proportions, though not necessarily of the same size.
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  • When the ratio is 1 then the similar triangles become congruent triangles (same shape and size).


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1chiefly archaic A person or thing similar to another.
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  • In other words, if a normal person would say two images are essentially the same, they are "similars."
2 (usually similars) A substance that produces effects resembling the symptoms of particular diseases (the basis of homeopathic treatment): the principle of treatment by similars
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  • The law of similars describes how a homeopathic drug is chosen based on its ability, in gross crude form, to produce the symptoms similar to that of a specific disease.
  • Yet despite having demonstrated that the law of similars has not generally been applied to the use of mild herbal substances, one question still remains.
  • Different from herbal remedies, Oscillococcinum is a homeopathic preparation created according to the ‘law of similars,’ which basically states that like will cure like.


late 16th century (also as a term in anatomy meaning 'homogeneous'): from French similaire or medieval Latin similaris, from Latin similis 'like'.

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