One that is exactly like another; a counterpart. One that is like another in one or more specified qualities: He is John's match for bravery. One that is able to compete equally with another: The boxer had met his match. One that closely resembles or harmonizes with another: The napkins were a nice match for the tablecloth. A pair, each one of which resembles or harmonizes with the other: The colors were a close match. Sports A game or contest in which two or more persons, animals, or teams oppose and compete with each other: a soccer match. Sports A tennis contest won by the player or side that wins a specified number of sets, usually two out of three or three out of five. A marriage or an arrangement of marriage: a royal match. A person viewed as a prospective marriage partner. To be exactly like; correspond exactly. To be like with respect to specified qualities. To resemble or harmonize with: The coat matches the dress. To adapt or suit so that a balanced or harmonious result is achieved; cause to correspond: You should match your deeds to your beliefs. To find or produce a counterpart to: It's difficult to match the color of old paint. To fit together or cause to fit together. To join or give in marriage. To place in opposition or competition; pit: She matched her skill against all comers. To provide with an adversary or competitor. To do as well as or better than in competition; equal. To set in comparison; compare: beauty that could never be matched. To provide funds so as to equal or complement: The government will match all private donations to the museum. To flip or toss (coins) and compare the sides that land face up. To couple (electric circuits) by means of a transformer. To be a close counterpart; correspond. A narrow piece, usually of wood or cardboard, coated on one end with a compound that ignites when scratched against a rough or chemically treated surface.