Meaning of “identical” in the English Dictionary

"identical" in British English

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uk /aɪˈden.tɪ.kəl/ us /aɪˈden.t̬ə.kəl/

B2 exactly the same, or very similar:

I've got three identical blue suits.
The two rooms were virtually identical.
The interests of both parties may not be identical, but they do overlap considerably.
The tests are identical to those carried out last year.

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  • Hospitals always seem such impersonal places - rows of identical beds in dull grey rooms.
  • The measurements of both rooms were identical.
  • We flew over the city with its serried ranks of identical grey houses.
  • Their twins are virtually identical.
  • She had shut out two of her first four Wimbledon opponents by identical 6-0, 6-0 scores.
adverb uk /aɪˈden.tɪ.kəl.i/ us /aɪˈden.t̬ə.kəl.i/

The two sisters were always dressed identically (= in the same clothes).

(Definition of “identical” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"identical" in American English

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identicaladjective [ not gradable ]

us /ɑɪˈden·tɪ·kəl/

exactly the same, or very similar:

The test is identical to the one you took last year.
adverb [ not gradable ] us /ɑɪˈdent·ɪk·li/

The two sisters dressed identically.

(Definition of “identical” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)