1 adj If two or more things, actions, or qualities are the same, or if one is the sameas another, they are very like each other in some way.
the ADJ, oft ADJ as n/-ing
In essence, all computers are the same..., People with the same experience in the job should be paid the same..., Driving a boat is not the same as driving a car..., I want my son to wear the same clothes as everyone else at the school...
2 If something is happening the same as something else, the two things are happening in a way that is similar or exactly the same.
the same as phrase
I mean, it's a relationship, the same as a marriage is a relationship..., He just wanted the war to end, the same as Wally did.
3 adj You use same to indicate that you are referring to only one place, time, or thing, and not to different ones.
the ADJ, oft ADJ n as n, ADJ n that
Bernard works at the same institution as Arlette..., It's impossible to get everybody together at the same time..., John just told me that your birthday is on the same day as mine.
4 adj Something that is still the same has not changed in any way.
Taking ingredients from the same source means the beers stay the same..., Only 17% said the economy would improve, but 25% believed it would stay the same.
5 pron You use the same to refer to something that has previously been mentioned or suggested.
We made the decision which was right for us. Other parents must do the same..., We like him very much and he says the same about us.
Same is also an adjective., adj the ADJ
Dwight Eisenhower possessed much the same ability to appear likeable.
6 convention You say `same here' in order to suggest that you feel the same way about something as the person who has just spoken to you, or that you have done the same thing.
INFORMAL, SPOKEN, formulae
`Nice to meet you,' said Michael. `Same here,' said Mary Ann...
7 convention You say `same to you' in response to someone who wishes you well with something.
INFORMAL, SPOKEN, formulae `Have a nice Easter.'—`And the same to you Bridie.'
8 You say `same again' when you want to order another drink of the same kind as the one you have just had.
same again phrase
Give Roger another pint, Imogen, and I'll have the same again.
9 You can say all the same or just the same to introduce a statement which indicates that a situation or your opinion has not changed, in spite of what has happened or what has just been said.
all the same/just the same phrase PHR with cl
...jokes that she did not understand but laughed at just the same.
10 If you say `It's all the same to me', you mean that you do not care which of several things happens or is chosen.
all the same to me phrase
Whether I've got a moustache or not it's all the same to me...
11 When two or more people or things are thought to be separate and you say that they are one and the same, you mean that they are in fact one single person or thing.
one and the same phrase v-link PHR
Luckily, Nancy's father and her attorney were one and the same person..., I'm willing to work for the party because its interests and my interests are one and the same.
at the same time →
Same-sex people are the same sex as each other, or the same sex as a particular person. adj usu ADJ n
...women's same-sex friends.
self-same , selfsame
You use self-same when you want to emphasize that the person or thing mentioned is exactly the same as the one mentioned previously. adj ADJ n (emphasis)
You find yourself worshipped by the self-same people who beat you up at school.