match 1 S2 W2 / mætʃ / noun
1 game [ countable ] especially British English an organized sports event between two teams or people :
It’s our last match of the season.
cricket/football/tennis etc match
They’re preparing for a big (= important ) match tomorrow.
the match between Nigeria and Ireland
home/away match (= a match played at a team’s own sports ground, or at a different ground )
Good teams win their home matches.
McClaire’s goal earned him the title of man of the match (= the person in a team who plays best ) .
2 fire [ countable ] a small wooden or paper stick with a special substance at the top, that you use to light a fire, cigarette etc :
a box of matches
Don’t let your children play with matches.
strike/light a match (= rub a match against a surface to produce a flame )
Peg struck a match and lit the candle.
I tore up the letter and put a match to it (= made it burn, using a match ) .
3 colours/patterns [ singular ] something that is the same colour or pattern as something else, or looks attractive with it match for
That shirt’s a perfect match for your blue skirt.
4 good opponent [ singular ] someone who is much stronger, cleverer etc than their opponent :
Carlos was no match for the champion.
This time you’ve met your match , Adam Burns! I’m not giving up without a fight!
Guerrilla tactics proved more than a match for the Soviet military machine.
5 shouting match ( also slanging match British English ) a loud angry argument in which two people insult each other :
The meeting degenerated into a shouting match.
6 marriage [ singular ] a marriage or two people who are married :
They’re a perfect match .
a match made in heaven (= a marriage of two people who are exactly right for each other )
Claire made a good match (= married someone suitable ) .
7 suitability [ singular ] a situation in which something is suitable for something else, so that the two things work together successfully match between
We need to establish a match between students’ needs and teaching methods.
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go to a match I love going to football matches.
watch a match I watched the match on TV.
play a match We played the match in heavy rain.
lose a match They lost the match, despite playing very well.
win a match Do you think we'll win our next match?
draw a match (= finish with the score even ) United have drawn their last two matches.
have a match (= be scheduled to play a match ) Do we have a match on Sunday?
postpone a match (= arrange for it to happen at a later time ) Our first match was postponed because of bad weather.
miss a match (= not play in a match ) He missed two matches because of an ankle injury.
level the match (= make the score level ) Woods won the last two holes to level the match.
clinch the match (= to win a match by scoring a goal, hitting a winning ball etc ) Ronaldo clinched the match with a brilliant goal.
referee a match (= be the person on the field who makes sure players follow the rules ) The matches are refereed by the children's parents.
a match kicks off (= it starts ) The match kicks off at 3.30 pm.
ADJECTIVES/NOUN + match
great/brilliant (= very good to watch ) We're sure it's going to be another great match.
exciting The match could not have been more exciting.
thrilling (= very exciting ) There were some thrilling matches at Wimbledon this year.
tough (= difficult ) At this stage of the competition, every match is tough.
close (= with each team playing equally well ) Germany won the match, although it was close.
an important/crucial match Luckily, all their players are fit for such an important match.
a big match (= an important match ) Are you going to watch the big match on TV?
a football/rugby/tennis etc match There was a rugby match going on on the school field.
a home match (= played at the place where a team usually practises ) They have won their last five home matches.
an away match (= played at the place where the opponent usually practises ) This is their last away match of the season.
a live match (= shown on TV as it happens ) There is a live match on TV every Wednesday evening.
a friendly match (= not part of a competition ) Fitness is still important in friendly matches.
a qualifying match (= to decide who plays in a competition ) They won all their qualifying matches.
a semi-final match (= between two of the last four teams left in a competition ) Spain beat Russia in their semi-final match last night.
man of the match (= the best player in a match ) Henri was named man of the match.