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com·pare

compare

 
 
pronunciation:
km per
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
features:
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: compared, compares, comparing
definition 1: to note the likenesses and differences of.
The professor compared the economic system in the U.S. with the economic system in China.She's always comparing him with his brother and making him feel like he doesn't measure up.
synonyms:
liken
similar words:
analogize, contrast, differentiate
definition 2: to bring together for the purpose of noting likenesses and differences.
The police compared the two sets of fingerprints and found that they didn't match.
synonyms:
juxtapose
similar words:
measure, oppose, relate
definition 3: to liken (one thing) to another.
He compared her eyes to two shimmering pools.She compared her daughter's room to a pigsty.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to be considered similar.
Nothing can compare to a good cup of coffee in the morning.They say these symphonies compare somewhat to those of Haydn.
similar words:
approximate, correspond, match
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part of speech: noun
definition: comparison.
She is an artist beyond compare.
similar words:
analogy, likeness, match, parallel, resemblance, similarity
derivation: comparer (n.)
compare to or compare with?
Compare to is used to show that something is like another thing. Compare with is used when you look at two things to find out whether they are the same or different.
Compare:
  • She compared her boyfriend to a movie star.
  • She compared her old car with her new car.
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