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)
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)
Origin: 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, Semi-, Similar, Some.