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  1. [noun] lighter consisting of a thin piece of wood or cardboard tipped with combustible chemical; ignites with friction; "he always carries matches to light his pipe"
    Synonyms: lucifer, friction

  2. [noun] a formal contest in which two or more persons or teams compete

  3. [noun] a burning piece of wood or cardboard; "if you drop a match in there the whole place will explode"

  4. [noun] an exact duplicate; "when a match is found an entry is made in the notebook"
    Synonyms: mate

  5. [noun] the score needed to win a match

  6. [noun] a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect
    Synonyms: catch

  7. [noun] a person who is of equal standing with another in a group
    Synonyms: peer, equal, compeer

  8. [noun] a pair of people who live together; "a married couple from Chicago"
    Synonyms: couple, mates

  9. [noun] something that resembles or harmonizes with; "that tie makes a good match with your jacket"

  10. [verb] be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics; "The two stories don't agree in many details"; "The handwriting checks with the signature on the check"; "The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun"
    Synonyms: fit, correspond, check, jibe, gibe, tally, agree

  11. [verb] provide funds complementary to; "The company matched the employees' contributions"

  12. [verb] bring two objects, ideas, or people together; "This fact is coupled to the other one"; "Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?"; "The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project"
    Synonyms: mate, couple, pair, twin

  13. [verb] be equal to in quality or ability; "Nothing can rival cotton for durability"; "Your performance doesn't even touch that of your colleagues"; "Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents"
    Synonyms: equal, touch, rival

  14. [verb] make correspond or harmonize; "Match my sweater"
    Synonyms: fit

  15. [verb] satisfy or fulfill; "meet a need"; "this job doesn't match my dreams"
    Synonyms: meet, cope with

  16. [verb] give or join in marriage

  17. [verb] set into opposition or rivalry; "let them match their best athletes against ours"; "pit a chess player against the Russian champion"; "He plays his two children off against each other"
    Synonyms: pit, oppose, play off

  18. [verb] be equal or harmonize; "The two pieces match"

  19. [verb] make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching; "let's equalize the duties among all employees in this office"; "The company matched the discount policy of its competitors"
    Synonyms: equal, equalize, equalise, equate


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