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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.

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. Tara Gustilo:

    It’s with a heavy heart that I’m bringing this lawsuit forward. My reasons for doing so are similar to my reasons for speaking out in the first place, i see a racist and divisive ideology of race essentialism taking over our nation and my institution. Further, there seems to be this growing intolerance for people with different opinions or ideas and it seems that this tribalistic ideology is fostering that kind of intolerance.

  2. Jennifer Burt:

    TOI-1231 b is one of the only other planets we know of in a similar size and temperature range, so future observations of this new planet will let us determine just how common( or rare) it is for water clouds to form around these temperate worlds.

  3. Michael Mann:

    The rather conservative International Energy Agency itself has said there can be no new fossil fuel infrastructure if we are to avert dangerous warming. And the G7 nations committed to phasing out coal and ending support for new coal projects earlier this summer, we need to see similar commitments from the G20 countries, including an accelerated schedule for phasing out coal.

  4. Michael Berenbrink:

    This type of metabolism is really unheard of among mammals, there are some fish that have similar tricks... but they are also an exception. It really broadens our mind in terms of what evolution can do -- how metabolic pathways can adapt.

  5. Ali Krieger:

    I refuse to respect a man that warrants no respect, i feel that staying silent at times can side with the oppressor and I didnt want her to feel like she was having to process this all alone, because a lot of us do have those similar feelings.

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    the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one
    • A. anil
    • B. peccadillo
    • C. wavering
    • D. ternion

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