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
Instead of constantly comparing ourselves to each other, we should be able to see different body types simply with veneration.
Smiley, meanwhile, tried to tamp down fears by comparing the Ebola outbreak to the SARS outbreak of 2003.
Amanda Hess at Slate criticized attempts at comparing Solo and Rice and the responses of their two different sports leagues.Should Twitter Suspend LGBT Engineer Accused Of Raping Her Wife? | Emily Shire | October 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The study did not limit itself to comparing views of religious and non-religious people.It’s Official: Religion Doesn’t Make You More Moral | Elizabeth Picciuto | September 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
So why are his advisers suddenly comparing him to the coldest of Cold Warriors?
There was a great comparing of papers, and turning over of leaves, by Fogg and Perker, after this statement of profit and loss.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2) | Charles Dickens
She found herself comparing the two men, and she was rather surprised at the difference she could distinguish.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
Of course, you understand that measurement of anything is the comparing of it with some established standard.The Wonder Book of Knowledge | Various
Now the Chaplain pauses: he is comparing the number of the wooden block hanging outside the cell with that on the letter.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
In comparing the first three stanzas with the Teseide, we must reverse the order of the stanzas in the latter poem.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems | Geoffrey Chaucer
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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