What does match mean?

Definitions for match

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word match.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. match, lucifer, friction matchnoun

    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"; "as long you've a lucifer to light your fag"

  2. matchnoun

    a formal contest in which two or more persons or teams compete

  3. matchnoun

    a burning piece of wood or cardboard

    "if you drop a match in there the whole place will explode"

  4. match, matenoun

    an exact duplicate

    "when a match is found an entry is made in the notebook"

  5. matchnoun

    the score needed to win a match

  6. catch, matchnoun

    a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect

  7. peer, equal, match, compeernoun

    a person who is of equal standing with another in a group

  8. couple, mates, matchnoun

    a pair of people who live together

    "a married couple from Chicago"

  9. matchverb

    something that resembles or harmonizes with

    "that tie makes a good match with your jacket"

  10. match, fit, correspond, check, jibe, gibe, tally, agreeverb

    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"

  11. matchverb

    provide funds complementary to

    "The company matched the employees' contributions"

  12. match, mate, couple, pair, twinverb

    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"

  13. equal, touch, rival, matchverb

    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"

  14. match, fitverb

    make correspond or harmonize

    "Match my sweater"

  15. meet, match, cope withverb

    satisfy or fulfill

    "meet a need"; "this job doesn't match my dreams"

  16. matchverb

    give or join in marriage

  17. pit, oppose, match, play offverb

    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"

  18. matchverb

    be equal or harmonize

    "The two pieces match"

  19. equal, match, equalize, equalise, equateverb

    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"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. MATCHnoun

    Etymology: meche, French; miccia, Italian; probablyfrom mico, to shine, Latin: surely not, as Stephen Skinner conjectures,from the Saxon maca , a companion, because a match iscompanion to a gun.

    Try them in several bottles matches, and see which of them last longest without stench. Francis Bacon.

    He made use of her trees as of matches to set Druina a fire. James Howell, Vocal Forest.

    Being willing to try something that would not cherish much fire at once, and would keep fire much longer than a coal, we took a piece of match, such as soldiers use. Boyle.

    Shall we play the wantons with our woes,
    And make some pretty match with shedding tears? William Shakespeare.

    The goat was mine, by singing fairly won.
    A solemn match was made; he lost the prize. Dryden.

    Government mitigates the inequality of power among particular persons, and makes an innocent man, though of the owest rank, a match for the mightiest of his fellow-subjects. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    The old man has met with his match. Spectator.

    The natural shame that attends vice, makes them zealous to encourage themselves by numbers, and form a party against religion: it is with pride they survey their increasing strength, and begin to think themselves a match for virtue. John Rogers.

    The match
    Were rich and honourable; besides, the gentleman
    Is full of virtue, bounty, worth, and qualities,
    Beseeming such a wife as your fair daughter. William Shakespeare.

    Love doth seldom suffer itself to be confined by other matches than those of its own making. Boyle.

    With him she strove to join Lavinia’s hand,
    But dire portents the purpos’d match withstand. Dryden.

    She inherited a fair fortune of her own, and was very rich in a personal estate, and was looked upon as the richest match of the West. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

  2. To Matchverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    No settled senses of the world can match
    The pleasure of that madness. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    O thou good Kent, how shall I live and work
    To match thy goodness? life will be too short,
    And every measure fail me. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    No history or antiquity can match his policies and his conduct. Robert South, Sermons.

    Eternal might
    To match with their inventions they presum’d
    So easy, and of his thunder made a scorn. John Milton.

    What though his heart be great, his actions gallant,
    He wants a crown to poise against a crown,
    Birth to match birth, and power to balance power. Dryden.

    The shepherd’s kalendar of Edmund Spenser is not to be matched in any modern language. Dryden.

    Let poets match their subject to their strength,
    And often try what weight they can support. Wentworth Dillon.

    Mine have been still
    Match’d with my birth; a younger brother’s hopes. Nicholas Rowe.

    Employ their wit and humour in chusing and matching of patterns and colours. Jonathan Swift, Miscel.

    Great king,
    I would not from your love make such a stray,
    To match you where I hate. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Thou dost protest thy love, and would’st it show
    By matching her, as she would match her foe. John Donne.

    Them willingly they would have still retain’d,
    And match’d unto the prince. Samuel Daniel, Civil War.

    When a man thinks himself matched to one who should be a comfort to him, instead thereof he finds in his bosom a beast. Robert South, Sermons.

    A senator of Rome, while Rome surviv’d,
    Would not have match’d his daughter with a king. Addison.

  3. To Matchverb

    A thing that may luckily fall out to him that hath the blessing to match with some heroical-minded lady. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    I hold it a sin to match in my kindred. William Shakespeare.

    Let tigers match with hinds, and wolves with sheep,
    And every creature couple with his foe. John Dryden, Sp. Fryar.

    All creatures else are much unworthy thee,
    They match’d, and thou alone art left for me. Dryden.


  1. Match

    A match is a tool for starting a fire. Typically, matches are made of small wooden sticks or stiff paper. One end is coated with a material that can be ignited by friction 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", consists of a bead of active ingredients and binder, often colored for easier inspection. 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. Because of the substance used to coat each match, this makes them non-biodegradable.


  1. match

    A match generally refers to a contest in which people or teams compete against each other in a particular sport or game. It could also refer to a person or thing that is equal to another in quality or strength, or correspond to another in its type or nature. Additionally, in terms of tools, a match is a short, thin stick coated at one end with a material that can produce fire when rubbed against a rough or chemically treated surface.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Matchnoun

    anything used for catching and retaining or communicating fire, made of some substance which takes fire readily, or remains burning some time; esp., a small strip or splint of wood dipped at one end in a substance which can be easily ignited by friction, as a preparation of phosphorus or chlorate of potassium

  2. Match

    a person or thing equal or similar to another; one able to mate or cope with another; an equal; a mate

  3. Match

    a bringing together of two parties suited to one another, as for a union, a trial of skill or force, a contest, or the like

  4. Match

    a contest to try strength or skill, or to determine superiority; an emulous struggle

  5. Match

    a matrimonial union; a marriage

  6. Match

    an agreement, compact, etc

  7. Match

    a candidate for matrimony; one to be gained in marriage

  8. Match

    equality of conditions in contest or competition

  9. Match

    suitable combination or bringing together; that which corresponds or harmonizes with something else; as, the carpet and curtains are a match

  10. Match

    a perforated board, block of plaster, hardened sand, etc., in which a pattern is partly imbedded when a mold is made, for giving shape to the surfaces of separation between the parts of the mold

  11. Matchverb

    to be a mate or match for; to be able to complete with; to rival successfully; to equal

  12. Matchverb

    to furnish with its match; to bring a match, or equal, against; to show an equal competitor to; to set something in competition with, or in opposition to, as equal

  13. Matchverb

    to oppose as equal; to contend successfully against

  14. Matchverb

    to make or procure the equal of, or that which is exactly similar to, or corresponds with; as, to match a vase or a horse; to match cloth

  15. Matchverb

    to make equal, proportionate, or suitable; to adapt, fit, or suit (one thing to another)

  16. Matchverb

    to marry; to give in marriage

  17. Matchverb

    to fit together, or make suitable for fitting together; specifically, to furnish with a tongue and a groove, at the edges; as, to match boards

  18. Matchverb

    to be united in marriage; to mate

  19. Matchverb

    to be of equal, or similar, size, figure, color, or quality; to tally; to suit; to correspond; as, these vases match

  20. Etymology: [OE. macche, F. mche, F. mche, fr. L. myxa a lamp nozzle, Gr. my`xa mucus, nostril, a lamp nozzle. Cf. Mucus.]


  1. Match

    A match is a tool for starting a fire under controlled conditions. A typical modern match is made of a small wooden stick 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. Matches are usually sold in quantity; wooden ones are packaged in boxes, and paper matches are clustered in rows stapled into matchbooks. They are commonly sold by tobacconists and many other kinds of shops. 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Match

    mach, n. anything which agrees with or suits another thing: an equal: one able to cope with another: a contest or game: a pairing, a marriage: one to be gained in marriage.—v.i. to be of the same make, size, &c., to correspond: to form a union with.—v.t. to be equal to, to set a counterpart to anything: to be able to compete with: to find an equal to: to set against as equal: to suit: to give in marriage.—adj. Match′able.—ns. Match′board, a board with a tongue cut along one edge and a groove in the opposite edge, their joining being called a Match′-joint; Match′er.—adj. Match′less, having no match or equal: superior to all: peerless: unpaired.—adv. Match′lessly.—ns. Match′lessness; Match′-mak′er, one who makes matches: one who plans to bring about marriages. [A.S. gemæca, gemaca, a mate, a wife.]


  1. Match

    Match.com pioneered online dating when it launched on the Web in 1995 and continues to lead this exciting and evolving category after more than a decade. Throughout its 15-year history, Match.com has helped millions of singles meet and fall in love. Match.com provides a rich tapestry of ethnicities, interests, goals, ambitions, quirks, looks and personalities from which to choose. Match.com operates some of the leading subscription-based online dating sites in 25 countries, in 8 languages and spanning five continents, as well as oversees its ongoing investment in Meetic. Match.com also powers online dating on MSN across Asia, Australia, Canada, the United States and Latin America. Match.com is an operating business of IAC.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. match

    A wager of emulation by rowing, sailing, manœuvring, &c. (See QUICK MATCH.)--Slow match, used by artillerymen, is a very loose rope steeped in a solution of nitre, and burns at the rate of about one inch an hour, and is either used alone, or for lighting the port-fires, by which guns are yet fired for salutes on shore.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. match

    A preparation invented to retain fire for the service of artillery, mines, fireworks, etc. For different kinds in use and their composition, see Laboratory Stores.

  2. match

    A bringing together of two parties suited to one another, as for a trial of skill or force, a contest, or the like; as, specifically, a contest to try strength or skill; an emulous struggle.

Editors Contribution

  1. match

    To unite or pair people or things that are compatible and suitable together.

    They are a perfect match and choose to marry and have a lifelong relationship.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 9, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. MATCH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Match is ranked #145220 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Match surname appeared 114 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Match.

    90.3% or 103 total occurrences were White.
    5.2% or 6 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'match' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1528

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'match' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1798

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'match' in Nouns Frequency: #506

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'match' in Verbs Frequency: #391

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of match in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of match in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of match in a Sentence

  1. Yukiya Chikashige:

    Japanese women adored Michiko Shoda, michiko Shoda image was similar to Princess Ann( Audrey Hepburn's character) in' Roman Holiday.'' ' Hide Caption 2 of 17 Photos : A love match that won over Michiko Shoda, now known as Empress Michiko, departs Michiko Shoda home for the Imperial Palace in the early hours of April 10, 1959, the day of Michiko Shoda marriage to Japans Akihito.

  2. Stan Wawrinka:

    It's never the way you want to finish a match. I'm really sorry for Novak, we've played amazing battles all of my career. I want to keep my level (from) tonight. I was playing super good tennis. I'm happy to be back.

  3. Venus Williams:

    I think I'm just going to approach her like every other match I have been approaching. My routine has been working pretty well so that's how I'm going to go into the match, i like to look at prank videos on YouTube and listen to music. I love music that keeps me calm before matches, because obviously when you get out there there's a lot of nerves anyway. Yeah, I like to find my own space, put some relaxed music on.

  4. Vitaly Mutko:

    I'm very disappointed with the result but on the other hand, I'm very proud of the guys, they fought. It was a real playoff match against not the weakest team in the world. We looked decent. And penalties – it's a question of luck... and fate.

  5. Simon Halep:

    I can say that today I really felt the ball, and the way that I finished pretty strong gives me confidence. I can say it was the best match here at this tournament.

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Translations for match

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  • مباراة, عود ثقاب, كبريتةArabic
  • шырпыBashkir
  • матч, запалкаBelarusian
  • мач, кибритBulgarian
  • partit, misto, matxCatalan, Valencian
  • sirka, zápas, zápalka, odpovídatCzech
  • kamp, tændstikDanish
  • Spiel, Streichholz, ebenbürtig, Zündholz, passen, übereinstimmenGerman
  • ματς, σπίρτοGreek
  • matĉo, alumetoEsperanto
  • igual, fósforo, corresponder, emparejar, partido, cerilla, coincidir, igualarSpanish
  • matš, tikk, tuletikkEstonian
  • partida, pospoloBasque
  • مسابقه, کبریتPersian
  • vertainen, sopia yhteen, yhdistää, vastata, ottelu, tulitikku, matsi, täsmätä, [[olla]] [[yhtä]] [[hyvä]]Finnish
  • dystur, svávulpinnurFaroese
  • combiner, concorder, match, allumette, accorder, correspondreFrench
  • cluiche, lasán, diongbháilIrish
  • freagair, leithid, lasadan, thig suas riScottish Gaelic
  • foaddanManx
  • גפרורHebrew
  • माचिसHindi
  • megfeleltet, egyezik, megfelel, meccs, gyufa, mérkőzés, megegyezikHungarian
  • մատչ, լուցկիArmenian
  • korek apiIndonesian
  • konkurso, alumetoIdo
  • incontro, fiammifero, pari, incontrarsi, partita, gara, simileItalian
  • 競技, 燐寸, 合わせる, 試合, マッチ, 合うJapanese
  • ასანთიGeorgian
  • ឈើគូសKhmer
  • 맞다, 시합, 맞추다, 경기, 성냥, 競技, 試合Korean
  • شخاته‌Kurdish
  • FixspounLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • alimɛ́tiLingala
  • degtukasLithuanian
  • шкорче, кибрит, чкорчеMacedonian
  • шүдэнз, чүдэнзMongolian
  • perlawanan, mancisMalay
  • wedstrijd, lucifer, evenknie, gelijke, overeenstemmen, evenaren, match, zwavelstokjeDutch
  • likemann, passe sammen, stemme overens, like, jevnbyrdig, kamp, fyrstikk, matchNorwegian
  • tsitłʼéłíNavajo, Navaho
  • aluquetaOccitan
  • dorównywać, dopasowywać, pasować do siebie, pasować, zestawiać, mecz, zapałkaPolish
  • palito de fósforo, combate, fósforo, combinar, partida, luta, páreoPortuguese
  • ninachaqQuechua
  • întâlnire, joc, egală, meci, chibrit, partidă, egalRomanian
  • соответствовать, ровня, пара, совпадать, совпасть, матч, спичкаRussian
  • žigica, palidrvce, meč, жигица, меч, ши̏бица, палидрвце, šȉbicaSerbo-Croatian
  • zápas, zápalkaSlovak
  • vžigalicaSlovene
  • match, tändsticka, like, vara lika, matcha, passa ihopSwedish
  • mechi, kibiritiSwahili
  • தீக்குச்சிTamil
  • అగ్గిపుల్లTelugu
  • гӯгирдTajik
  • ไม้ขีดไฟThai
  • posporoTagalog
  • maç, kibritTurkish
  • матч, сірникUkrainian
  • đấu, diêm, thi đấuVietnamese
  • lümätVolapük

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