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ˈsɪm ə lərsim·i·lar

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. similaradjective

    marked by correspondence or resemblance

    "similar food at similar prices"; "problems similar to mine"; "they wore similar coats"

  2. alike(p), similar, likeadjective

    having the same or similar characteristics

    "all politicians are alike"; "they looked utterly alike"; "friends are generally alike in background and taste"

  3. like, similaradjective

    resembling or similar; having the same or some of the same characteristics; often used in combination

    "suits of like design"; "a limited circle of like minds"; "members of the cat family have like dispositions"; "as like as two peas in a pod"; "doglike devotion"; "a dreamlike quality"

  4. similaradjective

    (of words) expressing closely related meanings

  5. exchangeable, interchangeable, similar, standardized, standardisedadjective

    capable of replacing or changing places with something else; permitting mutual substitution without loss of function or suitability

    "interchangeable electric outlets" "interchangeable parts"


  1. similarnoun

    A material that produces an effect that resembles the symptoms of a particular disease

  2. similaradjective

    Having traits or characteristics in common; alike, comparable.

  3. similaradjective

    Of geometrical figures including triangles, squares, ellipses, arcs and more complex figures, having the same shape but possibly different size, rotational orientation, and position; in particular, having corresponding angles equal and corresponding line segments proportional; such that one can be had from the other using a sequence of operations of rotation, translation and scaling.

  4. Etymology: From similaire, from *, extended from similis; akin to simul.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Similar, Similaryadjective

    Etymology: similaire, French; from similis, Latin.

    Minerals appear to the eye to be perfectly similar, as metals; or at least to consist but of two or three distinct ingredients, as cinnabar. Boyle.

    The laws of England, relative to those matters, were the original and exemplar from whence those similar or parallel laws of Scotland were derived. Matthew Hale, Hist. of Com. Law of En.


  1. similar

    Similar refers to possessing characteristics that are alike or corresponding to each other in some respects, although they may not be identical. It suggests objects, individuals, concepts, phenomena, etc., share common attributes or have comparable features that make them equivalent in certain ways.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Similaradjective

    exactly corresponding; resembling in all respects; precisely like

  2. Similaradjective

    nearly corresponding; resembling in many respects; somewhat like; having a general likeness

  3. Similaradjective

    homogenous; uniform

  4. Similarnoun

    that which is similar to, or resembles, something else, as in quality, form, etc

  5. Etymology: [F. similaire, fr. L. similis like, similar. See Same, a., and cf. Simulate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Similar

    sim′i-lar, adj. like: resembling: uniform: (geom.) exactly corresponding in shape, without regard to size.—n. Similar′ity.—adv. Sim′ilarly.—n. Simil′itude, the state of being similar or like: resemblance: comparison: simile: (B.) a parable.—adj. Similitū′dinary. [Fr.,—L. similis, like.]

Editors Contribution

  1. similar

    A feeling, quality or element of equal amount, value, type or number.

    The couple have similar goals and aspirations they choose for their marriage.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 3, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'similar' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #487

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'similar' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1077

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'similar' in Adjectives Frequency: #55

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of similar in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of similar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of similar in a Sentence

  1. Russian President Vladimir Putin:

    (There is) pre-paid gas for exactly two days, no action has been taken yet, i would ask the prime minister and Gazprom to pay more attention to this, given that no one needs conflicts similar to those in previous years. We are ready to strictly fulfil (our) contractual obligations, but under pre-payment only.

  2. Michael Beckley:

    First of all, I think the Chinese are worried that if they are to make moves on Taiwan or to get more aggressive or simply a spark the ire of the United States and its allies, they too could be subject to similar sanctions, and so they want to start undermining the legitimacy of this sort of ganging up on a great power.

  3. Jeff Hancock:

    Any time you start seeing reviews come in all at once, look sort of similar, have the same kind of language, then alarm bells should start going off.

  4. Justin Lehmiller:

    Research suggests that relationship quality is actually quite similar in monogamous and consensually nonmonogamous relationships, both relationship styles can work well — and both can fail, too.

  5. Nakhshabi:

    Everything that is acknowledges the blessing of existence. Shalt not thou, by a similar acknowledgment, be happy? If thou pay due attention to sounds, thou shalt hear the praise of the Creator celebrated by the whole creation.

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