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com·pare

 (kəm-pâr′)
v. com·pared, com·par·ing, com·pares
v.tr.
1. To consider or describe as similar, equal, or analogous; liken: Is it right to compare the human brain to a computer?
2. To examine in order to note the similarities or differences of: We compared the two products for quality and cost. The article compares the recent recession with the one in the early 1990s.
3. Grammar To form the positive, comparative, or superlative degree of (an adjective or adverb).
v.intr.
1. To be worthy of comparison; bear comparison: two concert halls that just do not compare.
2. To draw comparisons.
n.
Comparison: a musician beyond compare.
Idiom:
compare notes
To exchange ideas, views, or opinions.

[Middle English comparen, from Old French comparer, from Latin comparāre, from compār, equal : com-, com- + pār, equal; see perə- in Indo-European roots.]

com·par′er n.

compare

(kəmˈpɛə)
vb
1. (usually foll by: to) to regard or represent as analogous or similar; liken: the general has been compared to Napoleon.
2. (usually foll by: with) to examine in order to observe resemblances or differences: to compare rum with gin.
3. (usually foll by: with) to be of the same or similar quality or value: gin compares with rum in alcoholic content.
4. (intr) to bear a specified relation of quality or value when examined: this car compares badly with the other.
5. (usually foll by: with) to correspond to: profits were £3.2 million. This compares with £2.6 million last year.
6. (Grammar) (tr) grammar to give the positive, comparative, and superlative forms of (an adjective)
7. (intr) archaic to compete or vie
8. compare notes to exchange opinions
n
comparison or analogy (esp in the phrase beyond compare)
[C15: from Old French comparer, from Latin comparāre to couple together, match, from compar equal to one another, from com- together + par equal; see par]
comˈparer n

com•pare

(kəmˈpɛər)

v. -pared, -par•ing,
n. v.t.
1. to examine (two or more objects, ideas, people, etc.) in order to note similarities and differences.
2. to consider or describe as similar; liken: “Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?”
3. to form or display the degrees of comparison of (an adjective or adverb).
v.i.
4. to be worthy of comparison: Whose plays can compare with Shakespeare's?
5. to be in similar standing; be alike: This recital compares with the one he gave last year.
6. to appear in quality, progress, etc., as specified: Their development compares poorly with that of neighbor nations.
7. to make comparisons.
n.
8. comparison: a beauty beyond compare.
Idioms:
compare notes, to exchange views, ideas, or impressions.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Old French comperer < Latin comparāre to place together, match, v. derivative of compar alike, matching (see com-, par)]
com•par′er, n.
usage: A traditional rule states that compare should be followed by to when it points out likenesses between unlike persons or things: She compared his handwriting to knotted string. It should be followed by with, the rule says, when it examines two entities of the same general class for similarities or differences: She compared his handwriting with mine. This rule, though sensible, is not always followed, even in formal speech and writing. Common practice is to use to for likeness between members of different classes: to compare a language to a living organism. Between members of the same category, both to and with are used: Compare the Chicago of today with (or to) the Chicago of the 1890s. After the past participle compared, either to or with is used regardless of the type of comparison.

compare

1. 'compare'

When you compare things, you consider how they are different and how they are similar.

It's interesting to compare the two products.

When compare has this meaning, you can use either with or to after it. For example, you can say 'It's interesting to compare this product with the old one' or 'It's interesting to compare this product to the old one'.

The study compared Russian children with those in Britain.
I haven't got anything to compare it to.
2. 'be compared to'

If one thing is compared to or can be compared to another thing, people say they are similar.

As a writer he is compared frequently to Dickens.
A computer virus can be compared to a biological virus.

When you use compare like this, you must use to after it. Don't use 'with'.

compare


Past participle: compared
Gerund: comparing

Imperative
compare
compare
Present
I compare
you compare
he/she/it compares
we compare
you compare
they compare
Preterite
I compared
you compared
he/she/it compared
we compared
you compared
they compared
Present Continuous
I am comparing
you are comparing
he/she/it is comparing
we are comparing
you are comparing
they are comparing
Present Perfect
I have compared
you have compared
he/she/it has compared
we have compared
you have compared
they have compared
Past Continuous
I was comparing
you were comparing
he/she/it was comparing
we were comparing
you were comparing
they were comparing
Past Perfect
I had compared
you had compared
he/she/it had compared
we had compared
you had compared
they had compared
Future
I will compare
you will compare
he/she/it will compare
we will compare
you will compare
they will compare
Future Perfect
I will have compared
you will have compared
he/she/it will have compared
we will have compared
you will have compared
they will have compared
Future Continuous
I will be comparing
you will be comparing
he/she/it will be comparing
we will be comparing
you will be comparing
they will be comparing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been comparing
you have been comparing
he/she/it has been comparing
we have been comparing
you have been comparing
they have been comparing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been comparing
you will have been comparing
he/she/it will have been comparing
we will have been comparing
you will have been comparing
they will have been comparing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been comparing
you had been comparing
he/she/it had been comparing
we had been comparing
you had been comparing
they had been comparing
Conditional
I would compare
you would compare
he/she/it would compare
we would compare
you would compare
they would compare
Past Conditional
I would have compared
you would have compared
he/she/it would have compared
we would have compared
you would have compared
they would have compared
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.compare - qualities that are comparablecompare - qualities that are comparable; "no comparison between the two books"; "beyond compare"
alikeness, likeness, similitude - similarity in appearance or character or nature between persons or things; "man created God in his own likeness"
Verb1.compare - 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"
analyse, analyze, examine, study, canvass, canvas - consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning; "analyze a sonnet by Shakespeare"; "analyze the evidence in a criminal trial"; "analyze your real motives"
analogise, analogize - make an analogy
collate - compare critically; of texts
compare - be comparable; "This car does not compare with our line of Mercedes"
2.compare - be comparable; "This car does not compare with our line of Mercedes"
compare - 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"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
go - be ranked or compare; "This violinist is as good as Juilliard-trained violinists go"
3.compare - 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"
consider, study - give careful consideration to; "consider the possibility of moving"
4.compare - to form the comparative or superlative form on an adjective or adverb
inflect - change the form of a word in accordance as required by the grammatical rules of the language

compare

verb contrast, balance, weigh, set against, collate, juxtapose Compare the two illustrations in Fig 60.
compare to something liken to, parallel, identify with, equate to, correlate to, mention in the same breath as Commentators compared his work to that of James Joyce.
compare with something be as good as, match, approach, equal, compete with, come up to, vie, be on a par with, be the equal of, approximate to, hold a candle to, bear comparison, be in the same class as The flowers here do not compare with those at home.

compare

verb
1. To represent as similar:
2. To examine in order to note the similarities and differences of:
3. To be equal or alike:
Informal: stack up.
Translations
قارنيُشبّـهيُقَارِنُيُقارِنيُوازي، يُشَبِّه
porovnatpřirovnatrovnat sesrovnat s
sammenligneikke tåle sammenligningmåle sig med
verratavertailla
usporediti
felérhasonlíthatóösszehasonlít
bera samanlíkja/jafna viîstandast samanburî viî
比較する比べる
비교하다
lyginamasislyginimaslygintilygintinaslygintis
līdzinātiespielīdzinātsalīdzināt
primerjati
jämföra
เปรียบเทียบ
kıyaslamakbenzetmekkarşılaştırmakkıyas kabul etmek
so sánh

compare

[kəmˈpɛəʳ]
A. VT
1. (gen) → comparar; (= put side by side) [+ texts] → cotejar
to compare sth/sb with or to sth/sbcomparar algo/a algn con or a algo/algn
Oxford is small compared with LondonOxford es pequeño en comparación a or comparado con Londres
as compared withcomparado con
to compare notes with sbcambiar impresiones con algn
2. (Gram) → formar los grados de comparación de
B. VI she can't compare with youno se la puede comparar contigo
it doesn't compare with yoursno se lo puede comparar al tuyo, no tiene comparación con el tuyo
how do they compare ?¿cuáles son sus cualidades respectivas?
how do they compare for speed?¿cuál tiene mayor velocidad?
how do the prices compare?¿qué tal son los precios en comparación?
it compares favourably with the otherno pierde por comparación con el otro, supera al otro
it compares poorly with the otheres inferior al otro
C. N beyond compare (poet) → incomparable, sin comparación, sin par

compare

[kəmˈpɛər]
vt
to compare sth/sb with sth/sb, to compare sth/sb to sth/sb → comparer qch/qn avec qch/qn
People always compare him with his brother → On le compare toujours à son frère.
compared with, compared to → par rapport à, en comparaison de
Oxford is small compared with London → Oxford est une petite ville par rapport à Londres., Oxford est une petite ville en comparaison de Londres.
vi
(= match up) → se distinguer, se différencier
How do these two hotels compare? → En quoi est-ce que ces deux hôtels se distinguent l'un par rapport à l'autre?
How do the prices compare? → En quoi les prix se distinguent-ils?
to compare with sth/sb → soutenir la comparaison avec qch/qn
to compare favourably → soutenir la comparaison
to compare favourably with, to compare well with → soutenir la comparaison avec
to compare unfavourably with → ne pas soutenir la comparaison avec
(= make a comparison) [person] → comparer
n
to be beyond compare (literary)être sans comparaison possible

compare

vtvergleichen (with, to mit); compared with or toim Vergleich zu, verglichen mit; they cannot be comparedman kann sie nicht vergleichen, sie lassen sich nicht vergleichen; his car is not to be or can’t be compared with my new onesein Wagen ist überhaupt kein Vergleich zu meinem neuen Auto; to compare notesEindrücke/Erfahrungen austauschen
visich vergleichen lassen (with mit); it compares badly/welles schneidet vergleichsweise schlecht/gut ab; it doesn’t compare very well at alles schneidet im Vergleich überhaupt nicht gut ab; how do the two cars compare in terms of speed?wie sieht ein Geschwindigkeitsvergleich der beiden Wagen aus?; the old car can’t compare in terms of speed with the new onein puncto Geschwindigkeit lässt sich der alte Wagen nicht mit dem neuen vergleichen
n beyond or without compareunvergleichlich; beautiful beyond compareunvergleichlich schön

compare

[kəmˈpɛəʳ]
1. vt to compare sth/sb with/toparagonare qc/qn a, mettere a confronto or confrontare qc/qn con
compared with or to → a paragone di, rispetto a
to compare notes with sb (fig) → scambiare le proprie impressioni con qn
2. vi to compare (with)essere paragonabile (a), reggere il confronto (con)
how do they compare for speed? → che velocità fanno rispettivamente?
how do the prices compare? → che differenza di prezzo c'è?
it doesn't compare with yours → non è paragonabile al tuo
3. n beyond compare (liter) (adj) → senza confronto or paragone; (adv) → incomparabilmente

compare

(kəmˈpeə) verb
1. to put (things etc) side by side in order to see to what extent they are the same or different. If you compare his work with hers you will find hers more accurate; This is a good essay compared with your last one.
2. to describe as being similar to. She compared him to a monkey.
3. to be near in standard or quality. He just can't compare with Mozart.
comparable (ˈkompərəbl) adjective
of the same kind, on the same scale etc. The houses were not at all comparable in size.
comparative (kəmˈpӕrətiv) adjective
1. judged by comparing with something else. the comparative quiet of the suburbs.
2. (of an adjective or adverb used in comparisons) between positive and superlative, as the following underlined words. a bigger book; a better man; Blacker is a comparative adjective; (also noun) What is the comparative of `bad'?
comˈparatively adverb
This house was comparatively cheap.
comparison (kəmˈpӕrisn) noun
(an act of) comparing. There's no comparison between Beethoven and pop music; Living here is cheap in comparison with London.

compare with is used to bring out similarities and differences between two things of the same type: He compared his pen with mine and decided mine was better .
compare to is used when pointing out a similarity between two different things: Stars are often compared to diamonds .

compare

يُقَارِنُ porovnat sammenligne vergleichen συγκρίνω comparar verrata comparer usporediti paragonare 比較する 비교하다 vergelijken sammenlikne porównać comparar сравнивать jämföra เปรียบเทียบ kıyaslamak so sánh 比较

compare

vt. comparar.
References in classic literature ?
At teatime they compared notes, and all agreed that it had been a delightful, though unusually long day.
The little green god as compared to the idol of gold
I got `Robinson Crusoe' and tried to read, but his life on the island seemed dull compared with ours.
returned the attentive scout; "'tis man; even I can now tell his tread, poor as my senses are when compared to an Indian's
For the gaunt, bony frame and limbs of Hepzibah, as compared with the tiny lightsomeness of Phoebe's figure, were perhaps in some fit proportion with the moral weight and substance, respectively, of the woman and the girl.
The stories of Brouwer, of Bones, and a whole budget of others were called to mind; and when they had diligently considered them all, and compared them with the symptoms of the present case, they shook their heads, and came to the conclusion chat Ichabod had been carried off by the Galloping Hessian.
The pond, oblong in shape, had a width so scant compared to its length that, with its ends out of view, it might have been taken for a scant river.
For what are the comprehensible terrors of man compared with the interlinked terrors and wonders of God
As in general shape the noble Sperm Whale's head may be compared to a Roman war-chariot (especially in front, where it is so broadly rounded); so, at a broad view, the Right Whale's head bears a rather inelegant resemblance to a gigantic galliot-toed shoe.
They worked with furious intensity, literally upon the run-- at a pace with which there is nothing to be compared except a football game.
I have taught them the duties of the family, of parent and child, and husband and wife; and how can I bear to have this open acknowledgment that we care for no tie, no duty, no relation, however sacred, compared with money?
Yet, compared with the cheap professions of most reformers, and the still cheaper wisdom an eloquence of politicians in general, his are almost the only sensible and valuable words, and we thank Heaven for him.