Definition of Compare

1. Verb. Examine and note the similarities or differences of. "We compared notes after we had both seen the movie"

Generic synonyms: Analyse, Analyze, Canvas, Canvass, Examine, Study
Specialized synonyms: Analogise, Analogize, Collate
Derivative terms: Comparative, Comparing, Comparison, Comparison

2. Noun. Qualities that are comparable. "Beyond compare"
Exact synonyms: Comparability, Comparison, Equivalence
Generic synonyms: Alikeness, Likeness, Similitude
Derivative terms: Comparable

3. Verb. Be comparable. "This car does not compare with our line of Mercedes"
Generic synonyms: Be
Specialized synonyms: Go

4. Verb. Consider or describe as similar, equal, or analogous. "You cannot equate success in financial matters with greed"
Exact synonyms: Equate, Liken
Generic synonyms: Consider, Study
Derivative terms: Comparative, Comparative, Comparing, Comparison, Equal, Equating, Equation

5. Verb. To form the comparative or superlative form on an adjective or adverb.
Generic synonyms: Inflect

Definition of Compare

1. v. t. 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.

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

3. n. Comparison.

4. v. t. To get; to procure; to obtain; to acquire

Definition of Compare

1. Verb. (transitive) 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. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To declare two things to be similar in some respect ["to compare X to Y"]. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) (grammar) To form the three degrees of comparison of (an adjective). ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To be similar (''often used in the negative''). ¹

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Definition of Compare

1. to represent as similar [v -PARED, -PARING, -PARES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Compare

comparative literature
comparative medicine
comparative negligence
comparative pathology
comparative physiology
comparative psychology
comparative superlative
comparator microscope
compare (current term)
comparison shop
comparison shopper
comparison shopping

Literary usage of Compare

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Macbeth by William Shakespeare, William George Clark, William Aldis Wright (1878)
"compare The Merchant of Venice, iii. 2. 265 : * I have engaged myself to a ... compare what Malcolm says of himself above, line 59 : ' Smacking of every sin ..."

2. Teachers College Record by Columbia University. Teachers College (1900)
"compare temperature of coasts and interior for January and July- compare east and ... compare with coldest area of North America in position and extent. ..."

3. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1861)
"2) as to the value of a valla, but his " 3 " may be correct (compare Colebrooke, ... 74 and 75 of Taylor compare Colebrooke, p. 67, notes 2 and 3. ..."

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