- 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.
compare definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English comparen ; from Old French comparer ; from Classical Latin comparare ; from com-, with plush 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?
compare definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb com·pared, com·par·ing, com·pares verb, transitive
- To consider or describe as similar, equal, or analogous; liken.
- To examine in order to note the similarities or differences of.
- 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: Middle English comparen, from Old French comparer, from Latin comparāre, from compār, equal : com-, com- + pār, equal; see perə-2 in Indo-European roots.
- com·parˈer noun
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.
compare - Phrases/Idioms
beyond compareor past compare or without compare