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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theymatch up
he/she/itmatches up
present participlematching up
past tensematched up
past participlematched up
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if one thing matches up with another, or if they match up, they are the same or have similar qualities
    Information received from the two informants didn’t match up.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to find someone or something that forms the right combination with someone or something else
      You have to match up the inventor to the invention.
  2. 2
    [intransitive]match up to someone/something to be as good as someone or something
    The British sci-fi film has never matched up to its American counterpart.
    match up to expectations: His performance has not matched up to expectations.
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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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