Same vs. Equal

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  • Same (adjective)

    Not different or other; not another or others; not different as regards self; selfsame; identical.

    “Are you the same person who phoned me yesterday?”

    “I realised I was the same age as my grandfather had been when he joined the air force.”

    “Even if the twins are identical, they are still not the same person, unlike Mark Twain and Samuel Clemens.”

    “Peter and Anna went to the same high school: the high school to which Peter went is the high school to which Anna went.”

  • Same (adjective)

    Similar, alike.

    “You have the same hair I do!”

  • Same (adjective)

    Used to express the unity of an object or person which has various different descriptions or qualities.

    “Round here it can be cloudy and sunny even in the same day.”

    “We were all going in the same direction.”

  • Same (adjective)

    A reply of confirmation of identity.

  • Same (pronoun)

    The identical thing, ditto.

    “The same can be said of him.”

    “It’s the same everywhere.”

  • Same (pronoun)

    Something similar, something of the identical type.

    “She’s having apple pie? I’ll have the same.”

    “You two are just the same.”

  • Same (pronoun)

    It or them, without a connotation of similarity.

    “The question is his credibility or lack of same.”

    “Light valve suspensions and films containing UV absorbers and light valves containing the same (US Patent 5,467,217)”

    “Methods of selectively distributing data in a computer network and systems using the same (US Patent 7,191,208)”

  • Same (pronoun)

    It or them, as above, meaning the last object mentioned, mainly as complement: on the same, for the same.

    “My picture/photography blog…kindly give me your reviews on the same.”

  • Same (interjection)

    Indicates the speaker’s strong approval or agreement with the previous material.

  • Same (adverb)


  • Equal (adjective)

    The same in all respects.

    “Equal conditions should produce equal results.”

    “All men are created equal.”

  • Equal (adjective)

    Exactly identical, having the same value.

    “All right angles are equal.”

  • Equal (adjective)

    Fair, impartial.

  • Equal (adjective)

    Adequate; sufficiently capable or qualified.

    “This test is pretty tough, but I think I’m equal to it.”

  • Equal (adjective)

    Not variable; equable; uniform; even.

    “an equal movement”

  • Equal (adjective)

    Intended for voices of one kind only, either all male or all female; not mixed.

  • Equal (verb)

    To be equal to, to have the same value as; to correspond to.

    “Two plus two equals four.”

  • Equal (verb)

    To be equivalent to; to match

    “David equaled the water level of the bottles, so they now both contain exactly 1 liter.”

  • Equal (verb)

    To have as its consequence.

    “Losing this deal equals losing your job.”

    “Might does not equal right.”

  • Equal (noun)

    A person or thing of equal status to others.

    “We’re all equals here.”

    “This beer has no equal.”

  • Equal (noun)

    State of being equal; equality.

  • Equal (adjective)

    being the same in quantity, size, degree, or value

    “1 litre is roughly equal to 1 quart”

    “add equal amounts of water and flour”

  • Equal (adjective)

    (of people) having the same status, rights, or opportunities

    “a society where women and men are equal partners”

    “people are born free and equal”

  • Equal (adjective)

    uniform in application or effect; without discrimination on any grounds

    “a dedicated campaigner for equal rights”

  • Equal (adjective)

    evenly or fairly balanced

    “it was hardly an equal contest”

  • Equal (adjective)

    having the ability or resources to meet (a challenge)

    “the players proved equal to the task”

  • Equal (noun)

    a person or thing that is the same as another in status or quality

    “entertainment facilities without equal in the British Isles”

    “we all treat each other as equals”

  • Equal (verb)

    be the same as in number or amount

    “the total debits should equal the total credits”

    “four plus six divided by two equals five”

  • Equal (verb)

    match or rival in performance or extent

    “he equalled the world record of 9.93 seconds”

  • Equal (verb)

    be equivalent to

    “his work is concerned with why private property equals exploitation”

Oxford Dictionary

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