similar Definition

  • 1having qualities in common; resembling something else
  • 2almost the same but not exactly

Using similar: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "similar" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The two houses look very similar.

  • Example

    The situation is similar to one I was in before.

  • Example

    The two paintings are similar in style.

  • Example

    The twins are similar in appearance.

similar Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with similar

  • to have qualities or characteristics that are alike or resemble something else


    The new model is similar to the previous one, but with some improvements.

  • resembling or comparable to something else


    The taste of this dish is similar to that of the traditional recipe.

  • having qualities or characteristics that are alike or resemble each other


    The two brothers are similar to each other in many ways.

Origins of similar

from Old French 'similaire', from Latin 'similis', meaning 'like'


Summary: similar in Brief

The term 'similar' [ˈsɪm.ə.lər] refers to things that share qualities or characteristics and resemble each other, though they may not be exactly the same. It is often used to compare two or more things, as in 'The two houses look very similar.' 'Similar' can also be used in phrases like 'be similar to,' 'similar to that of,' and 'similar to each other.'

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