COMPARE

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COMPARE

1com·pare

verb \kəm-ˈper\


: to say that (something) is similar to something else


: to look at (two or more things) closely in order to see what is similar or different about them or in order to decide which one is better


: to be as good or as bad as something else : to be on the same level or in the same category as something else


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Full Definition of COMPARE

transitive verb

1: to represent as similar : liken <shall I compare thee to a summer's day? — Shakespeare>


2a : to examine the character or qualities of especially in order to discover resemblances or differences <compare your responses with the answers>


b : to view in relation to <tall compared to me> <easy compared with the last test>


3: to inflect or modify (an adjective or adverb) according to the degrees of comparison


intransitive verb

1: to bear being compared <the two don't even begin to compare>


2: to make comparisons


3: to be equal or alike <nothing compares to you>

Examples of COMPARE

  1. The singer's voice has been compared to that of Elvis.
  2. We each did the homework assignment, then compared answers.
  3. I compared several bicycles before buying one.

Full Definition of COMPARE

2compare noun


: the possibility of comparing <beauty beyond compare>;


also : something with which to be compared <a city without compare>