AskDefine | Define compare

Dictionary Definition

compare n : qualities that are comparable; "no comparison between the two books"; "beyond compare" [syn: comparison, equivalence, comparability]


1 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"
2 be comparable; "This car does not compare with our line of Mercedes"
3 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" [syn: liken, equate]
4 to form the comparative or superlative form on an adjective or adverb

User Contributed Dictionary



    • /kəmˈpɛɹ/


  1. To assess the similarities between two things ["to compare X and Y"] or between one thing and another ["to compare X with Y"]. Having made the comparison with X, one might have found it similar to X or different from X.
    Astronomers have compared comets to dirty snowballs
    Compare the tiger's coloration with that of the zebra
    You can't compare my problems and yours
  2. To form the three degrees of comparison of (an adjective).
    We compare good as good, better, best
  3. To be similar (often used in the negative)
    A sapling and a fully-grown oak tree do not compare


To assess the similarities between two things or between one thing and another
to form the three degrees of comparison of
to be similar

See also



  1. Form of First-person singular present subjunctive, comparer
  2. Form of Third-person singular present subjunctive, comparer
  3. Form of Second-person singular imperative, comparer





Extensive Definition

Comparison may refer to:
compare in German: Vergleich
compare in French: Comparaison
compare in Dutch: Vergelijking
compare in Simple English: Comparison

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

admit of comparison, analogize, ape, appear like, approach, approximate, assimilate, associate, balance, be commensurable, be comparable, be like, be redolent of, bear resemblance, bracket, bring into analogy, bring into comparison, bring to mind, call to mind, call up, collate, come close, come near, come up to, compare and contrast, compare to, compare with, compete with, confront, consider, contemplate, contrast, copy, correlate, correspond, counterfeit, counterpose, draw a comparison, draw a parallel, equal, evoke, examine, favor, follow, imitate, inspect, juxtapose, liken, liken to, look like, match, match up with, measure against, measure up to, metaphorize, mimic, mirror, near, nearly reproduce, not compare with, not tell apart, observe, oppose, paragon, parallel, partake of, place against, ponder, refer, relate, remind one of, resemble, rival, run a comparison, savor of, scan, scrutinize, seem like, set in contrast, set in opposition, set off against, set over against, similize, simulate, size up, smack of, sound like, stack up with, study, suggest, take after, touch, vie, vie with, view together, weigh, weigh against
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