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  1. noun a member of an indigenous nomadic people living in northern Scandinavia and herding reindeer
    Saame; Lapp; Sami; Saami; Lapplander.
  2. noun the language of nomadic Lapps in northern Scandinavia and the Kola Peninsula
    Saame; Lapp; Sami; Saami.
  3. adjective same in identity
    • the same man I saw yesterday
    • never wore the same dress twice
    • this road is the same one we were on yesterday
    • on the same side of the street
  4. adjective closely similar or comparable in kind or quality or quantity or degree
    • curtains the same color as the walls
    • two girls of the same age
    • mother and son have the same blue eyes
    • animals of the same species
    • the same rules as before
    • two boxes having the same dimensions
    • the same day next year
  5. adjective equal in amount or value
    • like amounts
    • equivalent amounts
    • the same amount
    • gave one six blows and the other a like number
    • the same number
  6. adjective satellite unchanged in character or nature
    • the village stayed the same
    • his attitude is the same as ever

Same adjective
AS. same. adv.; akin to OS. sama, samo, adv., OHG. sam, a., sama, adv., Icel. samr, a., Sw. samme, samma, Dan. samme, Goth. sama, Russ. samui, Gr. , Skr. sama, Gr. like, L. simul at the same time, similis like, and E. some, a., -some. Cf. Anomalous, Assemble, Homeopathy, Homily, Seem, v. i., Semi-, Similar, Some.
  1. Not different or other; not another or others; identical; unchanged.
    Thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end. Ps. cii. 27.
  2. Of like kind, species, sort, dimensions, or the like; not differing in character or in the quality or qualities compared; corresponding; not discordant; similar; like.
    The ethereal vigor is in all the same. Dryden.
  3. Just mentioned, or just about to be mentioned.
    What ye know, the same do I know. Job. xiii. 2.
    Do but think how well the same he spends, Who spends his blood his country to relieve. Daniel.
    Same is commonly preceded by the, this, or that and is often used substantively as in the citations above. In a comparative use it is followed by as or with.
    Bees like the same odors as we do. Lubbock.
    [He] held the same political opinions with his illustrious friend. Macaulay.

Webster 1913