1 in sports
ADJ. big, crucial, important | exciting, thrilling | championship, competitive, cup, league | friendly | away, home He's such a keen fan, he even goes to all the away matches. | cricket, football, rugby, wrestling, etc.
VERB + MATCH play The match will be played in the new stadium. | have Figo had an outstanding match. | go to, see, watch | be defeated in, lose | clinch, win A late goal clinched the match for Porto. | draw We drew our first game of the season 1?1.
MATCH + VERB take place
PREP. during a/the ~ an incident which took place during Saturday's match | in a/the ~ She was injured in last week's match. | ~ against the match against Wales | ~ between the match between Japan and Brazil | ~ with They lost their match with Estonia.
2 for lighting a fire
VERB + MATCH light, strike He lit a match so they could see in the cave. | blow out
PHRASES put a match to sth Someone had put a match to the pile of papers.
3 good combination
ADJ. excellent, good, perfect The blouse and skirt are a perfect match.
PREP. ~ between an excellent match between our goals and what your company offers | ~ for That jumper should be a good match for your trousers.
4 sth the same
PREP. ~ for To forge the certificate, she needed an exact match for the paper and the fonts.
1 combine well
ADV. well As a couple they are not very well matched (= they are not very suitable for each other). | not quite The room was full of old furniture that didn't quite match.
PHRASES to match I bought a duvet cover and some curtains to match.
2 find sth similar/connected
ADV. correctly | carefully
PREP. for The control group in the experiment was matched for age and sex. | to The aim of the competition is to match the quote to the person who said it.
3 be/make sth equal/better
ADV. almost She found that his determination almost matched her own. | not quite Nothing quite matches the fine, subtle flavour of this cheese.
VERB + MATCH come close to | be able/unable to The company was unable to match his current salary. | try to | fail to Children can be made to suffer when they fail to match their parents' expectations.
PREP. for No other rock band comes even close to matching them for dynamism or style.
PHRASES be equally/evenly/well matched The teams were very evenly matched. | be unevenly matched
5 provide sth suitable
ADV. carefully | up We have to match up the right pet with the right owner.
VERB + MATCH seek to, try to
PREP. to The available organs are carefully matched to people in need of transplants. | with The agency tries to match single people with suitable partners.