identical with what is about to be or has just been mentioned: This street is the same one we were on yesterday.
being one or identical though having different names, aspects, etc.: These are the same rules though differently worded.
agreeing in kind, amount, etc.; corresponding: two boxes of the same dimensions.
unchanged in character, condition, etc.: It's the same town after all these years.
the same person or thing.
the same kind or category of thing: You're having steak? I'll have the same, but very rare.
the very person, thing, or set just mentioned: Sighted sub sank same.
the same, in the same manner; in an identical or similar way: I see the same through your glasses as I do through mine.
all the same,
notwithstanding; nevertheless: You don't have to go but we wish you would, all the same.
of no difference; immaterial: It's all the same to me whether our team loses or wins.
just the same,
in the same manner.
nevertheless: It was a success, but it could easily have failed, just the same.

1150–1200; Middle English; Old English same (adv.); cognate with Old Norse samr, Greek homós, Sanskrit samá

1–3. corresponding, interchangeable, equal. Same, similar agree in indicating a correspondence between two or more things. Same means alike in kind, degree, quality; that is, identical (with): to eat the same food every day; at the same price. Similar means like, resembling, having certain qualities in common, somewhat the same as, of nearly the same kind as: similar in appearance; Don't treat them as if they were the same when they are only similar.

1. different. 3. unlike. Unabridged
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same (seɪm)
1.  being the very one: she is wearing the same hat she wore yesterday
2.  a.  being the one previously referred to; aforesaid
 b.  (as noun): a note received about same
3.  a.  identical in kind, quantity, etc: two girls of the same age
 b.  (as noun): we'd like the same, please
4.  unchanged in character or nature: his attitude is the same as ever
5.  all the same
 a.  Also: just the same nevertheless; yet
 b.  immaterial: it's all the same to me
6.  in an identical manner
usage  The use of same exemplified in if you send us your order for the materials, we will deliver same tomorrow is common in business and official English. In general English, however, this use of the word is avoided: may I borrow your book? I'll return it (not same) tomorrow

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Word Origin & History

perhaps abstracted from O.E. swa same "the same as," but more likely from O.N. same, samr "same," both from P.Gmc. *samon (cf. O.S., O.H.G., Goth. sama; O.H.G. samant, Ger. samt "together, with," Goth. samana "together," Du. zamelen "to collect," Ger. zusammen "together"), from PIE *samos "same," from
base *sem- "one, together" (cf. Skt. samah "even, level, similar, identical;" Avestan hama "similar, the same;" Gk. hama "together with, at the same time," homos "one and the same," homios "like, resembling," homalos "even;" L. similis "like;" O.Ir. samail "likeness;" O.C.S. samu "himself"). O.E. had lost the pure form of the word; the modern word replaced synonymous ilk (q.v.). Colloq. phrase same here as an exclamation of agreement is from 1895. Same difference curious way to say "equal," is attested from 1945.
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Computing Dictionary

SAME definition

1. Standard ANSI Module language with Extensions.
2. Stripe And Mirror Everything.
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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idioms beginning with same, also see all the same; amount to the same thing; at the same time; by the same token; cast in the same mold; great minds (run in the same channel); in the same boat; in the same breath; in the same league; one and the same; on the same wavelength.

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Example sentences
But at the same time, it's surprising what you may find at a place that doesn't
  look that exciting at the outset.
When what purports to be the same item is re-scanned at some later date, it
  should show the same pattern of speckle.
Monkeys and their human cousins don't necessarily see the world the same way.
The planets all revolve around the sun in the same direction and in virtually
  the same plane.
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