The word "match" can be used when things go well together. Two or more things or people are combined in a manner that is correct, logical, or complimentary.
- He didn’t match the correct answers to the questions on the test. (This sentence uses "match" as a verb.)
When things are matched, they are put together in such a way that they look, sound, feel, or taste good together:
- Orange and brown are colors that match.
- Pink and green are colors that don’t match.
- It’s important to match music to the event for which it’s performed.
- A waiter in a restaurant will help you match a wine to the food that you order.
This word is often used in business when talking about amounts of money:
- A married couple made an offer on a house that matched the seller’s asking price.
- Someone else matched their offer and agreed on a few other things in order to close the deal.
Another way to use the word "match" is when describing a competition:
- These two fighters will face each other in a boxing match.
- They’re evenly matched. Their boxing skills are comparable.
Matches are also something that you use to start a fire.
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This page was first published on October 16, 2012. It was updated on October 25, 2015.