- to examine (two or more objects, ideas, people, etc.) in order to note similarities and differences: to compare two pieces of cloth; to compare the governments of two nations.
- to consider or describe as similar; liken: “Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?”
- Grammar. to form or display the degrees of comparison of (an adjective or adverb).
- to be worthy of comparison; be held equal: Dekker's plays cannot compare with Shakespeare's.
- to appear in a similar standing: His recital certainly compares with the one he gave last year.
- to differ in quality or accomplishment as specified: Their development compares poorly with that of neighbor nations.
- to vie; rival.
- to make a comparison: The only way we can say which product is better is to compare.
- comparison: Her beauty is beyond compare.
- compare notes. note(def 32).
Origin of compare
Examples from the Web for compare
Compare that to Guardians of the Galaxy which opened in Korea on July 31.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea
December 30, 2014
And compare, as noted up top, to Secretary Clinton, who spent years quietly pushing a modernized Cuba policy.Rubio’s Embargo Anger Plays to the Past
December 19, 2014
To compare, Lana Del Rey sold over 100,000 copies that same week.The Biggest Bombs of 2014: ‘Sex Tape,’ Mariah Carey’s Vocals, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and More
December 19, 2014
Now compare that to what happened when Sarah Palin's emails were released.The IRS Email Double Standard
November 25, 2014
The best way to compare employment totals across many nations is through the International Monetary Fund.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: November 9
November 10, 2014
Or I might compare them to cherubs, haunting that holy place.Sunday at Home (From "Twice Told Tales")
"Compare the living face with the pictured one," said the painter.The Prophetic Pictures (From "Twice Told Tales")
On the score of health they may compare favourably with any race.
Neither Lyons, Bordeaux, Nantes, can compare with it for sumptuosity.
Why do I compare him with one whom I thought I had forgotten?Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
- (tr usually foll by to) to regard or represent as analogous or similar; likenthe general has been compared to Napoleon
- (tr usually foll by with) to examine in order to observe resemblances or differencesto compare rum with gin
- (intr usually foll by with) to be of the same or similar quality or valuegin compares with rum in alcoholic content
- (intr) to bear a specified relation of quality or value when examinedthis car compares badly with the other
- (intr usually foll by with) to correspond toprofits were £3.2 million. This compares with £2.6 million last year
- (tr) grammar to give the positive, comparative, and superlative forms of (an adjective)
- (intr) archaic to compete or vie
- compare notes to exchange opinions
- comparison or analogy (esp in the phrase beyond compare)
Word Origin and History for compare
late 14c., from Old French comparer (12c., Modern French comparer), from Late Latin comparare "to liken, to compare" (see comparison). Related: Compared; comparing. To compare notes is from 1708. Phrase without compare (attested from 1620s, but similar phrasing dates to 1530s) seems to be altered by folk etymology from compeer "rival."
Idioms and Phrases with compare
In addition to the idiom beginning with compare
- compare notes
- beyond compare