Compare Definition

kəm-pâr
compared, compares, comparing
verb
compared, compares, comparing
To regard as similar; liken to.
To compare life to a river.
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To examine in order to observe or discover similarities or differences.
Compare their voting records.
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To be regarded as similar or equal.
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To be worthy of comparison (with)
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To form the comparative and superlative degrees of (an adjective or adverb)
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noun
compares
Comparison.
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idiom
compare notes
  • To exchange ideas, views, or opinions.
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beyond compare
  • without equal; incomparably good, bad, great, etc.
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Origin of Compare

  • Middle English comparen from Old French comparer from Latin comparāre from compār equal com- com- pār equal perə-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French comparer, from Latin comparare (“to prepare, procure”), from compar (“like or equal to another”), from com- + par (“equal”).

    From Wiktionary

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