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 make a comparison: The only way we can say which product is better is to compare.
comparison: Her beauty is beyond compare.
Idioms about compare
compare and contrast. See entry at compare and contrast.
compare apples and / with / to oranges, to compare things that are fundamentally different from each other, usually used to suggest that the things cannot or should not be directly compared:Comparing per pupil costs in public schools to tuition costs in private schools is comparing apples and oranges.
compare apples to / with / and apples, to compare things that are similar to each other in a basic or fundamental way:Let’s compare apples to apples and look at the Professional package versus the Plus package.
compare notes. note (def. 32).
- com·par·er, noun
- in·ter·com·pare, verb (used with object), in·ter·com·pared, in·ter·com·par·ing.
- pre·com·pare, verb (used with object), pre·com·pared, pre·com·par·ing.
- re·com·pare, verb (used with object), re·com·pared, re·com·par·ing.
- un·com·pared, adjective
- well-com·pared, adjective
- compare , contrast
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How to use compare in a sentence
Compared with neighbors Myanmar, Vietnam, and Laos, Cambodia appears to have a blossoming civil society.
Creating PGCs from skin tissue, on the other hand, seems like a walk in the park compared to egg freezing.
In the week starting Dec. 22, arrests were down 66 percent compared to the same week in 2013.
Egypt has a comparatively low number of HIV cases compared to the rest of Africa, with just 11,000 infected people nationwide.Sisi Is Persecuting, Prosecuting, and Publicly Shaming Egypt’s Gays | Bel Trew | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And in informal talks, Chinese leaders have compared hackers on both sides to unruly children who can only barely be controlled.
It is ordinarily considered that the range of the speaking voice is very limited as compared with the singer's range.Expressive Voice Culture | Jessie Eldridge Southwick
What are a few paltry, lumps of crystallised carbon compared to a galaxy of a million million suns?God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
The Pentegot is a very beautiful river, and may be compared to the Garonne in France.
This is an expression which indicates the amount of hemoglobin in each red corpuscle compared with the normal amount.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
It is interesting to note that some other articles of customary export showed large declines in 1915 as compared with 1914.Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
British Dictionary definitions for compare
(tr usually foll by to) to regard or represent as analogous or similar; liken: the general has been compared to Napoleon
(tr usually foll by with) to examine in order to observe resemblances or differences: to compare rum with gin
(intr usually foll by with) to be of the same or similar quality or value: gin compares with rum in alcoholic content
(intr) to bear a specified relation of quality or value when examined: this car compares badly with the other
(intr usually foll by with) to correspond to: profits 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)
- comparer, noun
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Other Idioms and Phrases with compare
In addition to the idiom beginning with compare
- compare notes
- beyond compare
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