From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsamesame1 /seɪm/ ●●●S1W1 adjective [only before noun] 🔊 🔊 1not differenta)SAMEthe same person, place, thing etc is one particular person etc and not a different one 🔊 He sits in the same chair every night. 🔊 They went to the same school.same as 🔊 She was born on the same day as me. 🔊 It is those same people who voted for the Democrats who now complain about their policies.the very same (=the same person or thing and not a different one – used to emphasize that what you are saying seems surprising) 🔊 We stood in front of the very same house in which Shakespeare wrote his plays.b)SAMEused to say two or more people, things, events etc are exactly like each other 🔊 Both women were wearing the same dress. 🔊 The same thing could happen again.same as 🔊 He gets the same pay as me but he gets his own office.just/exactly the same something 🔊 That’s funny – Simon said exactly the same thing. 🔊 The furniture is made in much the same (=almost the same) way as it was 200 years ago.RegisterIn written English, people often prefer to say that two amounts or values are equal rather than the same:They demanded equal pay for work of equal value.2SAMEnot changing used to say that a particular person or thing does not change 🔊 Her perfume has always had the same effect on me. 🔊 He’s the same old Peter – moody and irritable.3 →at the same time4 →amount/come to the same thing5 →the same old story/excuse etc6 →same old same old7 →same difference8 →by the same token9 →be in the same boatTHESAURUSthe same used to say that two people, things, events etc are exactly like each otherThe houses on the street all look the same.They were doing the same jobs as the men, but being paid less.just like/exactly like especially spoken used to say that there is very little difference between two people, things etcHe’s just like his father.There are insects that look exactly like green leaves.identicalidentical things are exactly the same in every wayThe tablets were identical in size, shape, and colour.identical namesindistinguishable two things that are indistinguishable are so similar that it is impossible to know which is which or to see any differences between themThe copy was indistinguishable from the original painting.equal two or more amounts, totals, levels etc that are equal are the same as each otherSpend an equal amount of time on each essay question.be no different from somebody/something to be the same, even though you expect them to be differentPeople often think that movie stars are special, but really they’re no different from anybody else.can’t tell the difference (also can’t tell somebody/something apart) especially spoken if you can’t tell the difference between two people or things, or if you can’t tell them apart, they look, sound, or seem exactly the same to youEmma and Louise sound so alike on the phone that I can’t tell the difference.