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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

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

  2. Compare(verb)

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

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

  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

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

  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

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

  5. Compare(verb)

    to vie; to assume a likeness or equality

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

  6. Compare(noun)


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

  7. Compare(noun)

    illustration by comparison; simile

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

  8. Compare(verb)

    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.]

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

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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. Michelle Kyriakides:

    HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT COULD LAST A YEAR : SURVEY According to the latest employment data, the economy lost 701,000 jobs last month, causing the unemployment rate to rise from 3.5 percent in February to 4.4 percent by the end of March. Career counselors compare the dynamic to the 2008 recession but say there is hope for todays graduates to succeed in the job market, even if it takes time for the economy to rebound. I was a bit nervous, but when were talking to our employer partners, they are still preparing for this to pick back up after COVID ends, which is optimistic for me and something were trying to share, industries that often hire in bulk are still hiring in bulk, so the accounting students are doing OK. Were seeing a big pick-up in the amount of opportunities in health care and in technology, of course, because everyone has been virtual. A look at Hofstra University's Sports and Exhibition complex on campus. ( Elina Shirazi).

  2. Jeb Bush:

    If they want to hear someone who's authentic, who has plans for the future, who has leadership skills to fix a few big complex things, who will listen to them and not necessarily entertain them, then they should come to my event, or come to both, I don't care. I'm happy to compare and contrast.

  3. Chief Executive Gavin Patterson:

    If we compare how we manage the business with our peers, we're frankly too complex and overweight. This is a big deal.

  4. Jair Bolsonaro:

    Their economy does not compare to ours, it is 10 times bigger than ours. I don't see this as retaliation, I'm going to speak to Dante Sica to see if( The President) doesn't over penalize us, i'm certain Dante Sica will be open to the conversation.

  5. Philipp Heck:

    Some of these cosmic rays interact with the matter and form new elements, and the longer they get exposed, the more those elements form. I compare this with putting out a bucket in a rainstorm. Assuming the rainfall is constant, the amount of water that accumulates in the bucket tells you how long it was exposed.

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