1 similar, corresponding, congruent, analogous, analogic(al), correspondent, like, matching, homologous, coordinate, equivalent, coequal, proportional, proportionate, pari passu, mutatis mutandis, in proportion, uniform; contemporary or cotemporary, contemporaneous or cotemporaneous:
The situation in Northern Ireland could be compared with a parallel situation in Lebanon.
2 analogue, match, homologue, equivalent, complement, counterpart, equal, coequal:
Campbell found many parallels among the legendary heroes of other cultures
3 analogy, parallelism, equivalence, complementarity, relationship, kinship, correspondence, resemblance, likeness, similarity, symmetry, equality, coequality, parity, correlation; proportion, balance, equiponderance, equipoise, counterbalance, offset:
One can draw parallels between the human arm, the fish's fin, and the bird's wing. By way of parallel, consider the flood in the Bible and that in the Gilgamesh epic.
4 correspond to or with, match, equate to or with, be likened to, correlate to or with, compare with or to, imitate, repeat, echo, iterate, reiterate, duplicate, follow, agree with; keep pace with, conform (to), balance, set off, offset, even off or up, be accompanied by, coincide with, Colloq jibe with:
In many respects, your attitudes towards life parallel mine when I was your age. A decrease in the rate of inflation supposedly parallels a rise in interest rates.
direct, exact | clear, close, obvious | interesting, striking
VERB + PARALLEL
This weather pattern of the southern hemisphere has no parallel in the north.
| find, see | draw, make
He drew an interesting parallel with religious practices in Japan.
a speed of development without parallel in post-war Europe
| ~ between
a parallel between economic and cultural advancement
| ~ in
We found a direct parallel in the attitudes of schoolchildren in other countries.
| ~ to
A close parallel to this behaviour is found in dolphins.
| ~ with
She saw an obvious parallel with her sister's predicament. adj
exactly | nearly | roughly
The lane is roughly parallel to the main road.
The road runs parallel with the sea.
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