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noun British English pronunciation: match /mætʃ/ 
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singularmatch
pluralmatches
  1. 1
    [countable] a small stick that produces a flame when rubbed against a rough surface, used for lighting a fire, cigarette etc

    a box of matches

    light/strike a match:

    He struck a match (=made it light) and lit the candles.

  2. 2
    [countable] a game in which players or teams compete against each other, especially in a sport. The usual American word is game

    a football match

    play a match:

    This is the third international match they've played in a week.

    win/lose a match:

    They lost the Scotland match in the last five minutes.

  3. 4
    [countable] something that looks the same as something else

    It was difficult to get an exact match for the paint.

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