- 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 compared
Contemporary Examples of compared
Compared with neighbors Myanmar, Vietnam, and Laos, Cambodia appears to have a blossoming civil society.Cambodia’s Smoke-and-Mirrors Democracy
January 9, 2015
In the week starting Dec. 22, arrests were down 66 percent compared to the same week in 2013.Ground Zero of the NYPD Slowdown
January 1, 2015
And in informal talks, Chinese leaders have compared hackers on both sides to unruly children who can only barely be controlled.Obama Could Hit China to Punish North Korea
Shane Harris, Tim Mak
December 20, 2014
A staggering 80 percent of college women do not report the crime to police, compared to 67 percent of non-students.College Girls Are Less Likely to Be Raped Than Non-Students
December 11, 2014
An artistic style that has been compared to Cubist Expressionism was also discovered across the site.Egypt Ain’t The Only Pyramid Show In Town
December 11, 2014
Historical Examples of compared
The supper-table brought our party together, and they compared notes.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
There is hostility to it still, but mild as compared with that felt by our great-great-grandfathers.The Conquest of Fear
Little enough, lady, compared with those who were my teachers.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Our journey must now be compared to the descent from cloud-land in a balloon.The Roof of France
All the wealth in the world, my soul, is nothing to me compared to you.The Imaginary Invalid
- (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 for compare
Word Origin and History for compared
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 compared
In addition to the idiom beginning with compare
- compare notes
- beyond compare