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match

noun uk   /mætʃ/ us  

match noun (COMPETITION)

A2 [C] mainly UK ( US usually game) a sports competition or event in which two people or teams compete against each other: a tennis match a football/cricket match We won/lost the match. Liverpool have a match with (= against) Blackburn next week.the man/woman of the match UK the person who has scored the most points or played the best in a match
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match noun (STICK)

B2 [C] a short, thin stick made of wood or cardboard and covered with a special chemical at one end that burns when rubbed firmly against a rough surface: a box of matches You should always strike a match away from you.put a match to sth UK to make something burn
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match noun (EQUAL)

[S] a person or thing that is equal to another person or thing in strength, speed, or qualitybe no match for sth/sb C2 to be less powerful or effective than someone or something else: Gibson ran well but was no match for the young Italian.

match noun (SUITABLE)

C2 [S] something that is similar to or combines well with something else: The curtains look great - they're a perfect match for the sofa. [S] If two people who are having a relationship are a good match, they are very suitable for each other: Theirs is a match made in heaven (= a very good relationship).
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match

verb uk   /mætʃ/ us  

match verb (EQUAL)

C1 [T] to be as good as someone or something else: It would be difficult to match the service this airline gives its customers.
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match verb (LOOK SIMILAR)

B1 [I or T] If two colours, designs, or objects match, they are similar or look attractive together: Do you think these two colours match? Does this shirt match these trousers? a sofa with curtains to match

match verb (CHOOSE)

B1 [T] to choose someone or something that is suitable for a particular person, activity, or purpose: In the first exercise you have to match each capital city to its country.
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