I. noun Etymology: Middle English macche, from Old English gemæcca mate, equal; akin to Old English macian to make — more at make Date: before 12th century 1. a. a person or thing equal or similar to another b. one able to cope with another c. an exact counterpart 2. a pair suitably associated <
carpet and curtains are a match
3. a. a contest between two or more parties <
a golf match
a soccer match
a shouting match
b. a contest (as in tennis or volleyball) completed when one player or side wins a specified number of sets or games 4. a. a marriage union b. a prospective partner in marriage II. verb Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to encounter successfully as an antagonist b. (1) to set in competition or opposition (2) to provide with a worthy competitor c. to set in comparison 2. to join or give in marriage 3. a. (1) to put in a set possessing equal or harmonizing attributes (2) to cause to correspond ; suit <
matched programs to local needs
b. (1) to be the counterpart of; also to compare favorably with (2) to harmonize with <
the jacket matched the pants
c. to provide with a counterpart d. to provide funds complementary to <
employers may match the employee contribution — D. J. Miller
4. to fit together or make suitable for fitting together 5. a. to flip or toss (coins) and compare exposed faces b. to toss coins with intransitive verb to be a counterpart • matchable adjectivematcher noun III. noun Etymology: Middle English macche, mecche candlewick, from Anglo-French meche Date: 1549 1. a chemically prepared wick or cord formerly used in firing firearms or powder 2. a short slender piece of flammable material (as wood) tipped with a combustible mixture that bursts into flame when slightly heated through friction (as by being scratched against a rough surface)

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