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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: compares, comparing, compared
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.If you compare the two brothers, you'll see that they're both very intelligent but one is interested in academics and the other is not.
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.
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
Word Combinations  About this feature
adverb + (v.)compare beyond, cheap, high, low, relatively, respectively, small, statistically
(v.)compare + adverb favorably, unfavorably
(v.)compare + nounHelp adolescent, apple, average, baseline, contrast, counterpart, earnings, effectiveness, efficacy, female, incidence, male, measurement, mortality, note, orange, peer, percent, performance, placebo, pretest, rating, respondent, sample, score  [See all][See only the most frequent]
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.
  • She compared her boyfriend to a movie star.
  • She compared her old car with her new car.
Word Parts  About this feature
The word compare contains the following parts:
com- Latin prefix that means with, together
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The prefix com- attaches to Latin bases beginning with m, p, or b. It has multiple forms, as the 'm' sound in com- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms col-, con-, cor-, and co-. Note: com- is frequently an intensive prefix, as in "commemorate " and "command ."
par1 Latin root that means equal