Meaning of match


Pronunciation: (mach), [key]
— n.
  1. a slender piece of wood, cardboard, or other flammable material tipped with a chemical substance that produces fire when rubbed on a rough or chemically prepared surface.
  2. a wick, cord, or the like, prepared to burn at an even rate, used to fire cannon, gunpowder, etc.


Pronunciation: (mach), [key]
— n.
  1. a person or thing that equals or resembles another in some respect.
  2. a person or thing able to cope with another as an equal: to meet one's match.
  3. a person or thing that is an exact counterpart of another.
  4. a corresponding, suitably associated, or harmonious pair: The blue hat and green scarf were not a good match.
  5. a soccer match.
    1. a game or contest in which two or more contestants or teams oppose each other:a soccer match.
    2. a contest consisting of a specific number of sets:a tennis match.
  6. any contest or competition that resembles a sports match: a shouting match.
  7. a person considered with regard to suitability as a partner in marriage: a good match.
  8. a matrimonial union; marriage: Neither family approved of the match.
  1. to equal; be equal to: My talent does not match his.
  2. to be the match or counterpart of; harmonize with: The skirt matches the jacket perfectly.
  3. to cause to correspond; adapt: to match one's actions to one's beliefs.
  4. to fit together, as two things: to match the pieces of a puzzle.
  5. to fit (boards) together, side by side or end to end, with a tongue-and-groove or rabbeted joint.
  6. to procure or produce an equal to: Try though we did, we could not match our first success.
  7. to place in opposition or conflict: I matched my wits against his strength.
  8. to provide with an adversary or competitor of equal power: The teams were well matched.
  9. to encounter as an adversary with equal power.
  10. to prove a match for.
  11. to unite in marriage; procure a matrimonial alliance for.
  12. to toss (coins) into the air and then compare the matching or contrasting sides that land facing up, as for determining the winner of a bet.
  13. to match coins with.
  1. to be equal or suitable: Our talents match.
  2. to correspond; be of corresponding size, shape, color, pattern, etc.: These gloves do not match.
  3. to ally oneself in marriage.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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