"match" in the noun sense
1. match, lucifer, friction match
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"
a formal contest in which two or more persons or teams compete
a burning piece of wood or cardboard
"if you drop a match in there the whole place will explode"
4. match, mate
an exact duplicate
"when a match is found an entry is made in the notebook"
the score needed to win a match
6. catch, match
a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect
7. peer, equal, match, compeer
a person who is of equal standing with another in a group
8. couple, mates, match
a pair of people who live together
"a married couple from Chicago"
something that resembles or harmonizes with
"that tie makes a good match with your jacket"
"match" in the verb sense
1. match, fit, correspond, check, jibe, gibe, tally, agree
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"
provide funds complementary to
"The company matched the employees' contributions"
3. match, mate, couple, pair, twin
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"
4. equal, touch, rival, match
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"
5. match, fit
make correspond or harmonize
"Match my sweater"
give or join in marriage
7. pit, oppose, match, play off
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"
be equal or harmonize
"The two pieces match"
9. equal, match, equalize, equalise, equate
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"
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