What does similar mean?

Definitions for similar
ˈsɪm ə lərsim·i·lar

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. similar(adj)

    marked by correspondence or resemblance

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

  2. alike(p), similar, like(adj)

    having the same or similar characteristics

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

  3. like, similar(adj)

    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. similar(adj)

    (of words) expressing closely related meanings

  5. exchangeable, interchangeable, similar, standardized, standardised(adj)

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

    "interchangeable electric outlets" "interchangeable parts"


  1. similar(Noun)

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

  2. similar(Adjective)

    Having traits or characteristics in common; alike, comparable.

  3. similar(Adjective)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Similar(adj)

    exactly corresponding; resembling in all respects; precisely like

  2. Similar(adj)

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

  3. Similar(adj)

    homogenous; uniform

  4. Similar(noun)

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

  5. Origin: [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.]

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


  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. Ian Robertson:

    It is going to be similar for us.

  2. Masha Gessen:

    Stylistically, they are quite similar.

  3. Officer Megan Morgan:

    It’s possible they are related to similar incidents.

  4. Michael Irwig:

    Basically, nobody had really done a similar survey before.

  5. Darrell Gaskin:

    We see similar disparities in treatment for cancer patients.

Images & Illustrations of similar

  1. similarsimilarsimilar

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