What does compare mean?

Definitions for compare
kəmˈpɛərcom·pare

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. comparison, compare, equivalence, comparabilityverb

    qualities that are comparable

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

  2. compareverb

    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. compareverb

    be comparable

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

  4. compare, liken, equateverb

    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. compareverb

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

Wiktionary

  1. compareverb

    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. compareverb

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

    Astronomers have compared comets to dirty snowballs

  3. compareverb

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

    We compare good as good, better, best

  4. compareverb

    To be similar (often used in the negative).

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Compareverb

    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

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

  2. Compareverb

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

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

  3. Compareverb

    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

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

  4. Compareverb

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

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

  5. Compareverb

    to vie; to assume a likeness or equality

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

  6. Comparenoun

    comparison

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

  7. Comparenoun

    illustration by comparison; simile

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

  8. Compareverb

    to get; to procure; to obtain; to acquire

    Etymology: [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.]

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  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

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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. Giulia Christianson:

    If banks are serious about sustainability and stepping up to address the climate change challenge, we would expect to see a shift in how their sustainable finance commitments compare with their fossil fuel finance, for now, most banks' annualized commitments are considerably less than what they provide to fossil fuels on an annual basis.

  2. Varun Jewalikar and Nishant Verma:

    The aim is to compare the vocabulary size of these musicians, some of them have released a lot more songs than the others because of the sheer longevity of their career and how prolific they are.

  3. Cinemaxx CEO Brian Riady:

    When you compare that demand with the supply of cinemas across the market, there is a pretty significant mismatch between demand and supply.

  4. Sunday Novak Djokovic:

    These two guys, and Andy as well, have helped me to become a better player and helped me achieve all these things, the rivalries that we have are important for the sport, and in one way or another you try to compare yourself to them and what they have achieved before.

  5. Martin County:

    > (CNN)The first rule of politics has long been to never, ever compare anything to Nazi Germany. The murder of 6 million Jews defies comparison. The second rule of politics -- or maybe just an addendum to the first rule -- should be: Never compare anything to the mission that led to the death of Osama bin Laden.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (yes, him again) seemed to have missed that class in politician school.Here's DeSantis speaking at an event of a school reopening on Wednesday night in Tallahassee:.

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    • A. jejune
    • B. askant
    • C. lacerate
    • D. commensal

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