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Princeton's WordNet

  1. comparison, compare, equivalence, comparability(verb)

    qualities that are comparable

    "no comparison between the two books"; "beyond compare"

  2. compare(verb)

    examine and note the similarities or differences of

    "John compared his haircut to his friend's"; "We compared notes after we had both seen the movie"

  3. compare(verb)

    be comparable

    "This car does not compare with our line of Mercedes"

  4. compare, liken, equate(verb)

    consider or describe as similar, equal, or analogous

    "We can compare the Han dynasty to the Romans"; "You cannot equate success in financial matters with greed"

  5. compare(verb)

    to form the comparative or superlative form on an adjective or adverb


  1. compare(Verb)

    To assess the similarities and differences between two or more things ["to compare X with Y"]. Having made the comparison of X with Y, one might have found it similar to Y or different from Y.

  2. compare(Verb)

    To declare two things to be similar in some respect ["to compare X to Y"].

    Astronomers have compared comets to dirty snowballs

  3. compare(Verb)

    To form the three degrees of comparison of (an adjective).

    We compare good as good, better, best

  4. compare(Verb)

    To be similar (often used in the negative).

    A sapling and a fully-grown oak tree do not compare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Compare(verb)

    to examine the character or qualities of, as of two or more persons or things, for the purpose of discovering their resemblances or differences; to bring into comparison; to regard with discriminating attention

  2. Compare(verb)

    to represent as similar, for the purpose of illustration; to liken

  3. Compare(verb)

    to inflect according to the degrees of comparison; to state positive, comparative, and superlative forms of; as, most adjectives of one syllable are compared by affixing "- er" and "-est" to the positive form; as, black, blacker, blackest; those of more than one syllable are usually compared by prefixing "more" and "most", or "less" and "least", to the positive; as, beautiful, more beautiful, most beautiful

  4. Compare(verb)

    to be like or equal; to admit, or be worthy of, comparison; as, his later work does not compare with his earlier

  5. Compare(verb)

    to vie; to assume a likeness or equality

  6. Compare(noun)


  7. Compare(noun)

    illustration by comparison; simile

  8. Compare(verb)

    to get; to procure; to obtain; to acquire

  9. Origin: [L. comparare to prepare, procure; com- + parare. See Prepare, Parade.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Compare

    kom-pār′, v.t. to set things together, to ascertain how far they agree or disagree: to liken or represent as similar: (gram.) to inflect an adjective.—v.i. to hold comparison.—n. (obs.) comparison: similitude.—adj. Com′parable, that may be compared.—n. Com′parableness.—adv. Com′parably.—adj. Compar′ative, pertaining to comparison: estimated by comparing with something else: not positive or absolute: (gram.) expressing more.—adv. Compar′atively.—n. Compar′ison, the act of comparing: capacity of being compared: comparative estimate: a simile or figure by which two things are compared: (gram.) the inflection of an adjective.—Beyond compare, without any rival. [Fr.,—L. comparāre, to match, from com, together, parāre, to make or esteem equal—par, equal.]

  2. Compare

    kom-pār′, v.t. (Spens.) to get or provide. [L. comparārecom, inten., parāre, to prepare.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'compare' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3991

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'compare' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3096

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'compare' in Verbs Frequency: #174

How to pronounce compare?

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How to say compare in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of compare in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of compare in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of compare in a Sentence

  1. Field Marshall John French:

    To compare is not to improve.

  2. Sonia Saxena:

    It's an impossible task to compare the world.

  3. Guillaume Langlet:

    Being able to compare helps people lower their energy use.

  4. Anwar Gargash:

    Compare with other crises lately. Arabs taking charge for once.

  5. Joe Biden:

    To compare him to Donald Trump, I think, is absolutely bizarre.

Images & Illustrations of compare

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