- The definition of compare means to find the similarities or differences between two or more people or things.
An example of compare is noticing how much two sisters look alike.
transitive verbcompared, comparing
- to regard as similar; liken (to): to compare life to a river
- to examine in order to observe or discover similarities or differences: often followed by with: compare their voting records
- Gram. to form the comparative and superlative degrees of (an adjective or adverb)
Origin of compareMiddle English comparen ; from Old French comparer ; from Classical Latin comparare ; from com-, with + parare, to make equal ; from par: see par
- to be worthy of comparison (with)
- to be regarded as similar or equal
- to make comparisons
- to stand in comparison; measure up: how does my car compare with his?
verbcom·pared, com·par·ing, com·pares
- To consider or describe as similar, equal, or analogous; liken: Is it right to compare the human brain to a computer?
- To examine in order to note the similarities or differences of: We compared the two products for quality and cost. The article compares the recent recession with the one in the early 1990s.
- Grammar To form the positive, comparative, or superlative degree of (an adjective or adverb).
- To be worthy of comparison; bear comparison: two concert halls that just do not compare.
- To draw comparisons.
Origin of compareMiddle English comparen, from Old French comparer, from Latin comparāre, from compār, equal : com-, com- + pār, equal; see per&schwa;-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present compares, present participle comparing, simple past and past participle compared)
- To assess the similarities and differences between two or more things ["to compare X with Y"]. Having made the comparison of X with Y, one might have found it similar to Y or different from Y.
- Compare the tiger's coloration with that of the zebra.
- You can't compare my problems and yours.
- To declare two things to be similar in some respect ["to compare X to Y"].
- Astronomers have compared comets to dirty snowballs
- (grammar) To form the three degrees of comparison of (an adjective).
- We compare good as good, better, best
- (intransitive) To be similar (often used in the negative).
- A sapling and a fully-grown oak tree do not compare.
compare - Computer Definition
A fundamental computer capability. By comparing one set of data with another, the computer can locate, analyze, select, reorder and make decisions. After comparing, the computer can indicate whether the data were equal or which set was numerically greater or less than the other. See ASCII chart and computer.