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To be similar to, or the same as, something or someone - thesaurus

Synonyms

match

verb

if one thing matches another, or if they match, they are the same or have similar qualities

correspond

verb

to be the same as something else, or very much like it

amount to

to be the same as or equal to something else

coincide

verb

if ideas or opinions coincide, they agree with each other

parallel

verb

to be similar to something

approximate

verb

formal to be similar to something but not exactly the same

accord with

formal to agree with or be the same as something else

invite comparison with

to be similar to someone or something

have something in common (with something)

to have the same features as something else

bear/stand comparison (with)

to be similar

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agree

verb

if two pieces of information agree, they are the same or suggest the same thing

amount/come to the same thing

to have the same meaning or effect as something else

amount to

to have the same effect as something else

bear

verb

to seem to be similar to something or related to it in some way

bear/stand comparison (with)

to be as good as someone or something

be consonant with something

to agree with something

be in agreement

if a set of facts is in agreement with another, they both show or prove the same thing

be in/out of tune with

informal to be/not be similar to something and /combine well/not combine well with it

be made for each other

if two people are made for each other, they are perfect partners for each other because they have similar personalities

be no exception

if someone or something is no exception, they are the same as all others so they can be included in a general statement

be tantamount to something

to have the same bad qualities or effect as something else

be tarred with the same brush

if all the people or things in a group are tarred with the same brush, you think or say they are all bad because you know some of them are bad

blur

verb

if the difference between two things blurs, or if something blurs it, they become more similar, so that you are no longer sure that they are clearly different

border on

to be very near to a particular quality, feeling, state etc

come close (to)

to be similar to or almost as good as someone or something

conform

verb

to be similar to an idea of what is usual or normal

converge

verb

to become the same or very similar

correspond

verb

used about something in a different country or system that is very much like something in yours

counterbalance

verb

to have an effect that is equal and opposite to something else

counterpoise

verb

to balance one thing against another whose effect is equal and opposite, thus preventing it from having too much influence

equal

verb

to be the same in value or amount as something else

equal

verb

to have the same effect or result as something

equal

verb

to achieve the same standard or level of ability as someone else

equal

verb

to be as good or large as something else

equalise

a British spelling of equalize

equalize

verb

to make something the same in size, amount, or importance for everyone in a place or for all the members of a group

equate

verb

to be the same as something

even out

if things even out, or if you even them out, they show fewer or smaller changes or differences

even up

to make something fairer or more equal

fit

verb

to be suitable or similar enough to belong to a group

fit

verb

to be the truth, or to be the same as what someone describes or asks for

fit in

to be accepted by a group of people because you are similar to them

fit the mould

to be similar to other people or things or to what is usual

hark back to

to be similar to something from the past

have something in common (with someone)

to have the same interests or opinions as someone else

homogenise

a British spelling of homogenize

homogenize

verb

to make conditions, people, or things the same or similar, often so that the result is boring

intersect

verb

to have some of the same features as something else

jibe

verb

American if two things jibe, they agree or contain similar information

look/sound suspiciously like something

to look/sound like something else: used for showing that you think someone is trying to hide something from you

match

verb

to be equal to something else in amount or level

match up

if one thing matches up with another, or if they match up, they are the same or have similar qualities

mimic

verb

to behave or work in the same way as something else

mirror

verb

to match or express the qualities, features, or feelings of someone or something

overlap

verb

if subjects overlap, or if one overlaps the other, some aspects are shared by more than one subject

overlap

verb

if the responsibilities of two or more people or organizations overlap, there are some things for which they share responsibility

overlap

verb

if ideas or opinions overlap, they are similar in some ways but not in every way

parallel

verb

to be equal to something else

remind of

to make someone think of someone or something else because of being very similar to them

simulate

verb

to have features or qualities that are similar to a particular substance

step out of/from something

if someone seems to have stepped out of a book, film etc, they seem to be very much like a character from it

swim against/with the tide

to do or believe the opposite to other people/the same as other people

tally

verb

if two things such as statements or calculations tally, or if one tallies with the other, they match each other

touch

verb

to be as good as someone or something else

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