From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsimilarsim‧i‧lar /ˈsɪmələ, ˈsɪmɪlə $ -ər/ ●●●S1W1AWL adjectiveLIKE/SIMILARalmost the same opp different → alikeWe have similar tastes in music.Both approaches seem to achieve similar results.A number of his friends had been affected in a similar way.The two products look quite similar.similar toHer ideas are quite similar to mine.similar inThe two cars are very similar in size and design.broadly/roughly similarThe two groups have broadly similar aims.remarkably/strikingly similarThe speech was strikingly similar to one given by the American president earlier this year. →similarlyGRAMMAR: Prepositions with similar• Someone or something is similar to another person or thing: His surname is similar to mine.✗Don’t say: His surname is similar with mine.• People or things are similar in size, appearance, shape, character etc: My sister and I are similar in character.COLLOCATIONSadverbsvery similarI was in a very similar situation not so long ago.broadly/roughly similarThe new employment terms and conditions will be broadly similar to those currently in place.remarkably/strikingly/startlingly similarThe results of each study are remarkably similar.quite/fairly similarThe two species are quite similar.somewhat similarTheir reactions were somewhat similar.
THESAURUSsimilar adjective almost the sameJo said she’d had a similar experience.The colours are very similar, but I like this one best.like prepositionsimilar to something or someone elseIt tastes a little like chicken.She still looks like a teenager.alike adjective [not before noun] very similar – used especially about the way people look or behaveShe and her sister look alike.Lawyers are all alike - I don’t trust them.close adjective very similarThe film bears a close resemblance to real life (=is very similar). The painting is remarkably close to the original. much the same very similarThe glass is still made in much the same way as it was 100 years ago.People are much the same, wherever you go.She still looks very much the same.identical adjective exactly the sameThe two computers were identical in design.identical namesmatching adjective having the same colour, style, pattern etc as something else – used about clothes or furniture that you wear or use togetherShe wore matching silver shoes and handbag.a dining table and matching chairsakin to something formal fairly similar to somethingThese dialects are akin to Arabic, though different in several respects.