Meaning of “similar” in the English Dictionary

"similar" in British English

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similaradjective

uk /ˈsɪm.ɪ.lər/ us /ˈsɪm.ə.lɚ/

B1 looking or being almost, but not exactly, the same:

My father and I have similar views on politics.
I bought some new shoes which are very similar to a pair I had before.
Paul is very similar in appearance to his brother.

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  • The two sisters are so similar that it's almost impossible to tell one from the other.
  • We come from similar backgrounds, so we speak the same language.
  • People often mix us up because we look so similar.
  • This fabric is similar to wool, only cheaper.
  • Insurance companies are already overburdened with similar claims.

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

"similar" in American English

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similaradjective

us /ˈsɪm·ə·lər/

looking or being almost the same, although not exactly:

They both went to Ivy League schools and have similar backgrounds.
He used similar tactics to win the last election.
similarly
adverb us /ˈsɪm·ə·lər·li/

The disease affects both sexes similarly.

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