Compare meaning

kəm-pâr
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.

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To consider or describe as similar, equal, or analogous; liken.

Is it right to compare the human brain to a computer?

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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.

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To draw comparisons.
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To be worthy of comparison; bear comparison.

Two concert halls that just do not compare.

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To examine in order to observe or discover similarities or differences.

Compare their voting records.

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(gram.) To form the comparative and superlative degrees of (an adjective or adverb)
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Comparison.

A musician beyond compare.

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To regard as similar; liken to.

To compare life to a river.

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(grammar) To form the positive, comparative, or superlative degree of (an adjective or adverb).
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(old poet.) Comparison.
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To stand in comparison; measure up.

How does my car compare with his?

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(grammar) To form the three degrees of comparison of (an adjective).

We compare good as good, better, best.

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(intransitive) To be similar (often used in the negative).

A sapling and a fully-grown oak tree do not compare.

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Illustration by comparison; simile.
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To make comparisons.
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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.
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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.

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To declare two things to be similar in some respect ["to compare X to Y"].

Astronomers have compared comets to dirty snowballs.

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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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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

beyond compare

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