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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English same, from Old Norse samr (same), and/or from Old English same (same) in the phrase swā same (swā) (in like manner, in the same way (as)). Both from Proto-Germanic *samaz (same), from Proto-Indo-European *somHós (same). Cognate with Scots samin (same, like, together), Danish samme (same), Swedish samma (same), Gothic 𐍃𐌰𐌼𐌰 (sama), a weak adjectival form, Ancient Greek ὁμός (homós, same), Old Irish som, Russian са́мый (sámyj), Sanskrit सम (sama), Persian هم (ham, also, same).

Adjective[edit]

same (not comparable)

  1. 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.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, The Celebrity:
      I liked the man for his own sake, and even had he promised to turn out a celebrity it would have had no weight with me. I look upon notoriety with the same indifference as on the buttons on a man's shirt-front, or the crest on his note-paper.
  2. Similar, alike.
    You have the same hair I do!
    • 1909, Archibald Marshall, The Squire's Daughter, ch.I:
      They stayed together during three dances, went out on to the terrace, explored wherever they were permitted to explore, paid two visits to the buffet, and enjoyed themselves much in the same way as if they had been school-children surreptitiously breaking loose from an assembly of grown-ups.
    • 1935, George Goodchild, chapter 1, Death on the Centre Court:
      She mixed furniture with the same fatal profligacy as she mixed drinks, and this outrageous contact between things which were intended by Nature to be kept poles apart gave her an inexpressible thrill.
  3. 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.
  4. A reply of confirmation of identity.
    • ca. 1606, William Shakespeare, King Lear, Act V, scene III:
      King Lear: This is a dull sight. Are you not Kent?
      Kent: The same.[1]
    • 1994, Clerks:
      Dante: Whose house was it?
      Blue-Collar Man: Dominick Bambino's.
      Randal: "Babyface" Bambino? The gangster?
      Blue-Collar Man: The same.[2]
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  • This word is usually construed with the (except after demonstratives: "this same.." etc.). This can make it difficult to distinguish between the simple adjective and the adjective used absolutely or pronominally.
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Pronoun[edit]

same

  1. The identical thing, ditto.
    The same can be said of him.
  2. Something similar, something of the identical type.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 5, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose. And the queerer the cure for those ailings the bigger the attraction. A place like the Right Livers' Rest was bound to draw freaks, same as molasses draws flies.
    She's having apple pie? I'll have the same.   You two are just the same.
  3. (formal, often law) 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)
  4. (India, common) 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.
Usage notes[edit]
  • This word is commonly used as the same.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English same, samme, samen, (also ysame, isame), from Old English samen (together), from Proto-Germanic *samana- (together), from Proto-Indo-European *sem- (one, together). Cognate with Scots samin (together), Dutch samen (together), German zusammen (together), Swedish samman (together), Icelandic saman (together).

Adverb[edit]

same (comparative more same, superlative most same)

  1. (obsolete or UK dialectal) Together.

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same

  1. equally

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same

  1. rōmaji reading of さめ

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same

  1. Sami; member of the Sami people

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same c

  1. Sami; person of the Sami people

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