same - definition and synonyms

adjective, adverb, pronoun 

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Same can be used in the following ways:
as an adjective (after ‘the’, ‘this’, ‘that’, ‘these’, or ‘those’): We both went to the same school.Our new competitors are those same people who once asked us to help them.
as a pronoun (after ‘the’): I’d do the same if I had the chance.
as an adverb (after ‘the’): The twins always dress the same.
The same is often followed by ‘as’ or ‘that’: Three-twelfths is the same as a quarter.I’ve got the same problem as you.It’s the same film that they showed last year.
In informal spoken English ‘the’ is sometimes left out before same: We’ll meet again next week, same time, same place. But in written English same is almost always used with ‘the’, ‘this’, ‘that’ etc.
  1. 1
    used for saying that a particular person or thing is the one that you are referring to and not a different one

    Sometimes UN troops and their commanders may not even speak the same language.

    the same... as:

    We were staying at the same hotel as our parents.

    the same... that:

    Was this the same Timothy Evans that Carol had been at school with?

    this/that/these/those same:

    At first many schools resisted the reforms, but those same schools are now seeing the most improvement.

    the very same (=exactly the same):

    I was born on the very same day that my father died.

    ‘Do you mean Vendelin Gajdusek, the Czech writer?’ ‘The very same!’

  2. 2
    exactly like another person, thing, or way of doing something

    She did not want to make the same mistake again.

    The two pictures look the same to me – I can’t tell them apart.

    the same... as:

    Her eyes are the same colour as yours.

    Animals feel pain the same as we do.

    just the same:

    Kevin gets bored very quickly. His Dad was just the same.

    much the same (=almost the same):

    Stuart’s opinion on this subject was much the same as mine.

  3. 3
    used for saying that someone or something has not changed

    The Government’s policy has remained the same since 1991.

    the same as:

    ‘How is Frances?’ ‘Oh, she’s still the same as always.’

    much the same (=almost the same):

    The countryside looks much the same as it did 200 years ago.

  4. 4
    used for saying that one number, amount, price etc is equal to another

    The four sides of a square are all the same length.

    the same as:

    One centimetre is the same as ten millimetres.

    A one-bedroom flat in London costs almost the same as a five-bedroom house in Liverpool.

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