From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmatchmatch1 /mætʃ/ ●●● S2 W2 noun 1 game [countable] especially British EnglishDSGAME/MATCH 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.match against/between/with the match between Nigeria and Irelandhome/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]BURN 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]CCSAME something that is the same colour or pattern as something else, or looks attractive with itmatch for That shirt’s a perfect match for your blue skirt.4 BETTERBEAT/DEFEATgood 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 match6 marriageSUIT/LOOK GOOD TOGETHER [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]SUITABLE a situation in which something is suitable for something else, so that the two things work together successfullymatch between We need to establish a match between students’ needs and teaching methods. → mix and match at mix1(6)COLLOCATIONSverbsgo to a matchI love going to football matches.watch a matchI watched the match on TV.play a matchWe played the match in heavy rain.lose a matchThey lost the match, despite playing very well.win a matchDo 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.excitingThe 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 matchLuckily, 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 matchThere 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. phraseman of the match (=the best player in a match)Henri was named man of the match.
Examples from the Corpusmatch• Doctors failed to find a match for the bone marrow transplant.• Do I fear for her chances of making another match?• A cricket match was in progress on the school sports field.• Furthermore, Gregor Townsend, the 19-year-old fly-half, had an excellent match to confirm he is a player of rich potential.• A fairytale match it is - makes one wish one were young again!• Stores will mix paints so you can get a good match for your curtains.• Chess experts expected Kadparov to win the next match.• a tennis match• The other goal in that match is quite amusing as well when he chips the goalie.• Eric scored the only goal in the match against Albany.• From what I saw of the match he played well.• Are you going to the match tomorrow?• Sir Thomas now welcomes the match that he first feared.• If we win the next three matches, we could still go through to the semi-final.• Female speaker Don't play with matches and don't play near fires.• Keith sprained his wrist in a wrestling match.man of the match• Jim Magilton, who has our vote as man of the match, had the champions at full stretch.• Jim Magilton was made man of the match but for many United fans new keeper Phil Whitehead was the real hero.• Matisse: man of the match?• But for all Warne's good work, my man of the match was definitely Merv Hughes.• Madeley was named man of the match.• It was fitting that Fowler should be the man of the match.• His goalkeeping won him the man of the match award.• Forrester unanimously man of the match in them all.put a match to• He turned on the gas and put a match to the stove so that it could warm the office.• It took her so long to roll the joint, she'd slowed down before she even put a match to it.• On the dunes Angus had put a match to the bonfire which crackled, spat, and flared up.• He broached the matter carefully while Marshall put a match to some logs in the grate.• We put a match to ours and it goes up with a rocket-like roar, heating the yurt in a flash.• Who put a match to the stake, I am in no position to know.match for• Sauvignon blanc makes a perfect match for oysters.more than a match for• You could see that he would be more than a match for some small female saint with no name.• Recaptured, he soon found that the Nuremberg gaol was more than a match for him.• Once Jonadab had threatened physical violence, the son realised that he was more than a match for his ageing parent.• Surely a Leo was more than a match for a Scorpio, nomatterhow deadly its sting.• I suspect his own life was more than a match for the movies, although he did like to imitate Hopalong Cassidy.• These days she was more than a match for his bullying!• The first Christians also knew that divine resources were more than a match for the dark powers.made a good match• Net and Manzi made a good match from the start.