• (British, America) IPA: /seɪm/

same (not comparable)

  1. Not different or other; not another or others; not different as regards self; selfsame; identical.
    Are you the same person who phoned me yesterday?
    I realised I was the same age as my grandfather had been when he joined the air force.
    Even if the twins are identical, they are still not the same person, unlike Mark Twain and Samuel Clemens.
    Peter and Anna went to the same high school: the high school to which Peter went is the high school to which Anna went.
  2. Lacking variety from; indistinguishable.
    It took all night to find our hotel room, as we forgot our room number and each door looked the same.
  3. Similar, alike.
    You have the same hair I do!
    • 1909, Archibald Marshall [pseudonym; Arthur Hammond Marshall], chapter I, in The Squire’s Daughter, London: Methuen, OCLC 12026604 ↗; republished New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1919, OCLC 491297620 ↗:
      They stayed together during three dances, went out on to the terrace, explored wherever they were permitted to explore, paid two visits to the buffet, and enjoyed themselves much in the same way as if they had been school-children surreptitiously breaking loose from an assembly of grown-ups.
  4. Used to express the unity of an object or person which has various different descriptions or qualities.
    Round here it can be cloudy and sunny even in the same day.
    We were all going in the same direction.
  5. A reply of confirmation of identity.
    • ca. 1606, William Shakespeare, King Lear, Act V, scene III:
      King Lear: This is a dull sight. Are you not Kent?
      Kent: The same.[,#w]
    • 1994, Clerks:
      Dante: Whose house was it?
      Blue-Collar Man: Dominick Bambino's.
      Randal: "Babyface" Bambino? The gangster?
      Blue-Collar Man: The same.


Translations Translations Pronoun
  1. The identical thing, ditto.
    The same can be said of him.
    It's the same everywhere.
  2. Something similar, something of the identical type.
    She's having apple pie? I'll have the same.   You two are just the same.
  3. (formal, often, legal) It or them, without a connotation of similarity.
    The question is his credibility or lack of same.
    Light valve suspensions and films containing UV absorbers and light valves containing the same (US Patent 5,467,217)
    Methods of selectively distributing data in a computer network and systems using the same (US Patent 7,191,208)
  4. (Indian English, common) It or them, as above, meaning the last object mentioned, mainly as complement: on the same, for the same.
    My picture/photography blog...kindly give me your reviews on the same.
Translations Translations Interjection
  1. (Internet slang) Indicates the speaker's strong approval or agreement with the previous material.
Synonyms Adverb


  1. (obsolete or UK dialectal) Together.

Proper noun
  1. A district capital of Manufahi District in East Timor
  2. A town in Tanzania

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