Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “match”

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 football/cricket/tennis match We won/lost the match. Liverpool have a match with (= against) Blackburn next week. the man/woman of the match mainly UK the person who has scored the most points or played the best in a match

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

match noun (EQUAL)

[S] a person or thing that is equal to another person or thing in strength, speed, or quality be 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).

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.

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.
(Definition of match from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of match?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “match” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

maiden

a girl or young woman

Word of the Day

Countability – grammar codes

by Dom Glennon​​,
November 26, 2014
Advices and informations Have you ever noticed strange codes in square brackets on entries in Cambridge Dictionaries Online and wondered what they mean? These are grammar codes, giving you a brief summary of how that word behaves grammatically. More information can be obtained by hovering your cursor over the code, and there’s

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More