Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Being the very one; identical: the same boat we rented before.
  • adj. Similar in kind, quality, quantity, or degree.
  • adj. Conforming in every detail: according to the same rules as before.
  • adj. Being the one previously mentioned or indicated; aforesaid.
  • adv. In the same way: The words sale and sail are pronounced the same.
  • pro. Someone or something identical with another.
  • pro. Someone or something previously mentioned or described.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not different or other; not another or others; not different as regards self; selfsame; numerically identical.
  • adj. Similar, alike.
  • adj. Used to express the unity of an object or person which has various different descriptions or qualities.
  • adj. A reply of confirmation of identity.
  • pro. The identical thing, ditto.
  • pro. Something similar, something of the identical type.
  • pro. It or them, without a connotation of similarity.
  • adv. Together.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not different or other; not another or others; identical; unchanged.
  • adj. Of like kind, species, sort, dimensions, or the like; not differing in character or in the quality or qualities compared; corresponding; not discordant; similar; like.
  • adj. Just mentioned, or just about to be mentioned.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Together.
  • Identical numerically; one in substance; not other; always preceded by the definite article or other definitive word (this or that).
  • Of one nature or general character; of one kind, degree, or amount: as, we see in men everywhere the same passions and the same vices; two flames that are the same in temperature; two bodies of the same dimensions; boxes that occupy the same space.
  • Just mentioned, or just about to be mentioned or denoted: often used for the sake of emphasis or to indicate contempt or vexation.
  • However; nevertheless; still; yet: used to introduce a reservation, explanation, or fact not in conflict but in contrast with what has been said.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. same in identity
  • adj. equal in amount or value
  • n. a member of an indigenous nomadic people living in northern Scandinavia and herding reindeer
  • adj. closely similar or comparable in kind or quality or quantity or degree
  • adj. unchanged in character or nature
  • n. the language of nomadic Lapps in northern Scandinavia and the Kola Peninsula

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old Norse samr.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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 самый (sámyj), Sanskrit सम (sama). (Wiktionary)
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"). (Wiktionary)

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