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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Same
  1. Not different or other; not another or others; identical; unchanged."Thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end." [Ps. cii. 27.]
  2. 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."The ethereal vigor is in all the same." [Dryden.]
  3. Just mentioned, or just about to be mentioned."What ye know, the same do I know." [Job. xiii. 2.]"Do but think how well the same he spends, Who spends his blood his country to relieve." [Daniel.]"Bees like the same odors as we do." [Lubbock.]"He] held the same political opinions with his illustrious friend." [Macaulay.]

Note: Same is commonly preceded by the this, or that and is often used substantively as in the citations above. In a comparative use it is followed by as or with.

Etymology: AS. same, adv.; akin to OS. sama samo, adv., OHG. sam, a., sama, adv., Icel. samr, a., Sw. samme samma, Dan. samme, Goth. sama, Russ. samuii, Gr. �, Skr. sama, Gr. � like, L. simul at the same time, similis like, and E. some, a., -some. √191. Cf. Anomalous Assemble Homeopathy Homily Seem (v. i.) Semi- Similar Some

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  1. The language of nomadic Lapps in northern Scandinavia and the Kola Peninsula
  2. A member of an indigenous nomadic people living in northern Scandinavia and herding reindeer
  3. Unchanged in character or nature ("the village stayed the same" and "his attitude is the same as ever")
  4. Equal in amount or value ("the same amount" and "the same number")
  5. Closely similar or comparable in kind or quality or quantity or degree ("curtains the same color as the walls", "two girls of the same age", "mother and son have the same blue eyes", "animals of the same species", "the same rules as before", "two boxes having the same dimensions", and "the same day next year")
  6. Same in identity ("the same man I saw yesterday", "never wore the same dress twice", "this road is the same one we were on yesterday", and "on the same side of the street")

From Middle English same, from Old Norse samr (“same”) and/or Old English same, sama (“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”), Dutch samen (“together”), Danish samme (“same”), Swedish samma (“same”), Norwegian Bokmål samme (“same”), Norwegian Nynorsk same (“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”).

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”).

same was also found in the following language(s): Esperanto, Japanese, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Same

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Fun Facts about the name Same

  • When was the first name Same first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Same is Friday, April 11th, 1884.
  • How unique is the name Same? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Same. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Same: Your name in reverse order is Emas. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Emas. How do you pronounce that?

What Sames Have Visited This Page?

Past life for Same born Nov 25, 1972

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Alaska approximately on 1350. Your profession was librarian, priest, and keeper of tribal relics.

You were a seeker of truth and wisdom. You could have seen your future lives. Others perceived you as an idealist illuminating path to the future. You fulfill your lesson by helping old folks and children. You came to that life to learn to care about weak and helpless.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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