verb (used with object), com·pared, com·par·ing.
verb (used without object), com·pared, com·par·ing.
Origin of compare
Word Origin 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."
In addition to the idiom beginning with compare
- compare notes
- beyond compare