adj usually preceded by: the
1 being the very one
she is wearing the same hat she wore yesterday
a being the one previously referred to; aforesaid
b (as n.)
a note received about same
a identical in kind, quantity, etc.
two girls of the same age
b (as n.)
we'd like the same, please
4 unchanged in character or nature
his attitude is the same as ever
just the same nevertheless; yet
it's all the same to me
6 in an identical manner
(C12: from Old Norse samr; related to Old English adverbial phrase swa same likewise, Gothic sama, Latin similis, Greek homos same)
The use of same exemplified in if you send us your order for the materials, we will deliver same tomorrow is common in business and official English. In general English, however, this use of the word is avoided: may I borrow your book? I'll return it (not same) tomorrow
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