Meaning of “same” in the English Dictionary

"same" in British English

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uk /seɪm/ us /seɪm/

same adjective (EXACTLY LIKE)

the same

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  • All people are equal, deserving the same rights as each other.
  • We work at the same speed.
  • I know a lot of people who've had the same problem.
  • Her son is the same age as mine.
  • The jacket and trousers are almost the same colour.

A1 exactly like another or each other:

My twin sister and I have the same nose.
She was wearing exactly the same dress as I was.
Hilary's the same age as me.
She brought up her children in just (= exactly) the same way her mother did.

same adjective (NOT ANOTHER)

A1 [ before noun ] not another different place, time, situation, person, or thing:

My brother and I sleep in the same room.
Rachel's still going out with the same boyfriend.
That (very) same day, he heard he'd passed his exams.
I would do the same thing again if I had the chance.
They eat at the same restaurant every week.
Shall we meet up at the same time tomorrow?

More examples

  • You have the same dish every time we come here.
  • She's been in the same job for years.
  • I find myself endlessly repeating the same phrases.
  • I always buy the same brand of toothpaste just out of habit.
  • We always shop at the same places.


uk /seɪm/ us /seɪm/


uk /seɪm/ us /seɪm/

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

"same" in American English

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sameadjective [ not gradable ]

us /seɪm/

same adjective [ not gradable ] (EXACTLY LIKE)

exactly like another or each other:

My sister and I have the same color hair.
Our grades were exactly the same.
They are all the same, these "in-town" events.

same adjective [ not gradable ] (NOT ANOTHER)

this one; not another, different one:

She keeps saying the same thing over and over.
Production is down by 80% from the same period last year.


us /seɪm/

same pronoun (EXACTLY ALIKE)

exactly alike, or not changed:

Life was never the same again once the children started school.
It took longer to lose weight the second time, even though my diet was exactly the same.

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