1. 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
Similar word(s): lucifer
2. a formal contest in which two or more persons or teams compete
3. a burning piece of wood or cardboard
- if you drop a match in there the whole place will explode
4. an exact duplicate
- when a match is found an entry is made in the notebook
Similar word(s): mate
5. the score needed to win a match
6. a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect
Similar word(s): catch
7. a person who is of equal standing with another in a group
8. a pair of people who live together
9. something that resembles or harmonizes with
- that tie makes a good match with your jacket
Sentences with match as a noun:
- My local team are playing in a match against their arch-rivals today.
- He knew he had met his match.
- The carpet and curtains are a match.
- He struck a match and lit his cigarette.
1. be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
- The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun
2. provide funds complementary to
- The company matched the employees' contributions
3. bring two objects, ideas, or people together
- Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?
4. be equal to in quality or ability
- Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents
5. make correspond or harmonize
- Match my sweater
Similar word(s): fit
6. give or join in marriage
7. set into opposition or rivalry
- let them match their best athletes against ours
8. be equal or harmonize
- The two pieces match
9. make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching
- The company matched the discount policy of its competitors
Sentences with match as a verb:
- Their interests didn't match, so it took a long time to agree what to do together.
- These two copies are supposed to be identical, but they don't match.
- His interests didn't match her interests.
- They found out about his color-blindness when he couldn't match socks properly.
- She matched him at every turn: anything he could do, she could do as well or better.
- to match boards