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PAIR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does pair mean? 

PAIR (noun)
  The noun PAIR has 4 senses:

1. a set of two similar things considered as a unit
2. two items of the same kind
3. two people considered as a unit
4. a poker hand with 2 cards of the same value

  Familiarity information: PAIR used as a noun is uncommon.


PAIR (verb)
  The verb PAIR has 5 senses:

1. form a pair or pairs
2. bring two objects, ideas, or people together
3. occur in pairs
4. arrange in pairs
5. make love

  Familiarity information: PAIR used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


PAIR (noun)


Sense 1pair [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A set of two similar things considered as a unit

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

pair; brace

Hypernyms ("pair" is a kind of...):

set (a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "pair"):

Tweedledee and Tweedledum; Tweedledum and Tweedledee (any two people who are hard to tell apart)


Sense 2pair [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Two items of the same kind

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

twosome; twain; dyad; duo; duet; duad; distich; couplet; pair; brace; span; yoke; couple

Hypernyms ("pair" is a kind of...):

2; deuce; II; two (the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one or a numeral representing this number)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "pair"):

doubleton ((bridge) a pair of playing cards that are the only cards in their suit in the hand dealt to a player)


Sense 3pair [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Two people considered as a unit

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Hypernyms ("pair" is a kind of...):

assemblage; gathering (a group of persons together in one place)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "pair"):

couple; duet; duo; twosome (a pair who associate with one another)

yoke (a pair of draft animals joined by a yoke)


Sense 4pair [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A poker hand with 2 cards of the same value

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Hypernyms ("pair" is a kind of...):

poker hand (the 5 cards held in a game of poker)


PAIR (verb)


Sense 1pair [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Form a pair or pairs

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

pair; pair off; partner off; couple

Context example:

The two old friends paired off

Hypernyms (to "pair" is one way to...):

unify; unite (act in concert or unite in a common purpose or belief)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 2pair [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bring two objects, ideas, or people together

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

couple; mate; pair; twin; match

Context examples:

This fact is coupled to the other one / Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man? / The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project

Hypernyms (to "pair" is one way to...):

bring together; join (cause to become joined or linked)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "pair"):

mismatch (match badly; match two objects or people that do not go together)

mismate (provide with an unsuitable mate)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3pair [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Occur in pairs

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

geminate; pair

Hypernyms (to "pair" is one way to...):

occur (to be found to exist)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 4pair [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Arrange in pairs

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

geminate; pair

Context example:

Pair these numbers

Hypernyms (to "pair" is one way to...):

arrange; set up (put into a proper or systematic order)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 5pair [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make love

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

copulate; mate; couple; pair

Context example:

Birds mate in the Spring

Hypernyms (to "pair" is one way to...):

conjoin; join (make contact or come together)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "pair"):

bugger; sodomise; sodomize (practice anal sex upon)

breed; cover (copulate with a female, used especially of horses)

backcross (mate a hybrid of the first generation with one of its parents)

mount; ride (copulate with)

deflower; ruin (deprive of virginity)

serve; service; tread (mate with)

bang; be intimate; bed; bonk; do it; eff; fuck; get it on; get laid; have a go at it; have intercourse; have it away; have it off; have sex; hump; jazz; know; lie with; love; make love; make out; roll in the hay; screw; sleep with (have sexual intercourse with)

nick (mate successfully; of livestock)

sodomise; sodomize (copulate with an animal)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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