WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
same /seɪm/USA pronunciation   adj. [before a noun;  the/this/that/these/those + ~]
  1. identical with what is about to be or has just been mentioned:This street is the same one we were on yesterday.
  2. being one or identical though having different names, etc.:the same play with a different title.
  3. agreeing in kind, amount, etc.:two boxes of the same dimensions.
  4. unchanged in character, etc.:It's the same town after all these years.

pron. [the + ~]
  1. the same person, thing, or kind of thing:She wants a computer, and I want the same.
Idioms
  1. Idiomsall the same: 
    • anyway;
      notwithstanding;
      nevertheless:I know you're tired, but all the same, I wish you'd stay.
    • of no difference;
      immaterial:It's all the same to me whether you go or not.
  2. Idiomsjust the same: 
    • in the same way.
    • nevertheless;
      all the same.
  3. same to you. (used as an answer to a greeting or as a wish for someone):"Happy holidays!'' —"Same to you.''
  4. the same, in the same manner;
    in an identical or similar way:I see the same through your eyeglasses as through mine.

same•ness, n. [uncountable]obvious sameness between the two books.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
same  (sām),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. identical with what is about to be or has just been mentioned:This street is the same one we were on yesterday.
  2. being one or identical though having different names, aspects, etc.:These are the same rules though differently worded.
  3. agreeing in kind, amount, etc.;
    corresponding:two boxes of the same dimensions.
  4. unchanged in character, condition, etc.:It's the same town after all these years.

pron. 
  1. the same person or thing.
  2. the same kind or category of thing:You're having steak? I'll have the same, but very rare.
  3. the very person, thing, or set just mentioned:Sighted sub sank same.
  4. Idiomsall the same: 
    • notwithstanding;
      nevertheless:You don't have to go but we wish you would, all the same.
    • of no difference;
      immaterial:It's all the same to me whether our team loses or wins.
  5. Idiomsjust the same: 
    • in the same manner.
    • nevertheless:It was a success, but it could easily have failed, just the same.
  6. the same, in the same manner;
    in an identical or similar way:I see the same through your glasses as I do through mine.
  • 1150–1200; Middle English; Old English same (adverb, adverbial); cognate with Old Norse samr, Greek homós, Sanskrit samá
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged –3. corresponding, interchangeable, equal.
      Same, similar agree in indicating a correspondence between two or more things.
      Same means alike in kind, degree, quality;
      that is, identical (with):to eat the same food every day; at the same price.Similar means like, resembling, having certain qualities in common, somewhat the same as, of nearly the same kind as:similar in appearance; Don't treat them as if they were the same when they are only similar.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged different.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged unlike.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
same /seɪm/ adj the same
  1. being the very one: she is wearing the same hat she wore yesterday
  2. being the one previously referred to; aforesaid
  3. (as noun): a note received about same
  4. identical in kind, quantity, etc: two girls of the same age
  5. (as noun): we'd like the same, please
  6. unchanged in character or nature: his attitude is the same as ever
  7. all the same
    Also: just the same nevertheless; yet
  8. immaterial: it's all the same to me
adv
  1. in an identical manner
Etymology: 12th Century: from Old Norse samr; related to Old English adverbial phrase swā same likewise, Gothic sama, Latin similis, Greek homos same
USAGE
The use of same exemplified in if you send us your order for the materials, we will deliver same tomorrow is common in business and official English. In general English, however, this use of the word is avoided: may I borrow your book? I'll return it (not same) tomorrow

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