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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
comparing and contrasting (=showing how two things are similar and different)
▪ an essay comparing and contrasting Verdi and Wagner and their operas
▪ Do we really believe that the rights we enjoy under our laws compare favourably with those in other societies?
▪ He is right to emphasise the general safety level of the railways, which compares favourably with all other modes of transport.
▪ The system has been streamlined and statistics prove that the speed and quality of our decision-making compares favourably with other local authorities.
▪ Many employing organisations nowadays pay salaries which compare favourably with those paid to graduates in other employment sectors.
▪ Although quite a large reel in appearance, it only weighs 10.9oz which compares favourably with small sized reels.
▪ At constant prices accounting for price movements, this represents a 7.6% increase, comparing favourably with last years increase of 1.6%.
▪ At 354 grams, it compares favourably with its competitors which lurch towards the 400 mark.
▪ Certainly they compare favourably with those of other professions.
▪ Will he confirm that many aspects of social security systems in other countries compare unfavourably with ours?
▪ If he compares unfavourably with his rivals he will be rejected.
▪ Everything Rain had seen at the Maurin gallery and everything the Contessa Mantero had shown her compared unfavourably with this painting.
▪ As ever, youth of the period were compared unfavourably with previous generations.
▪ I hate the way you always compare me with your ex-boyfriend.
▪ If you compare rents in London with those in New York, you'll find they are about the same.
▪ The report compares home computers currently available in stores.
▪ You can't compare Charlie Parker with John Coltrane. They were completely different musicians.
▪ You should compare at least three or four computers before buying one.
▪ Some 22 percent of councillors had a degree or equivalent qualification compared to only 5 percent of the general population.
▪ The 1991 figure of 585 casualties shows a marked reduction of 65 or 10% compared with the 1990 total of 650 casualties.
▪ There was nothing, not even that hotel sitting room, to compare.
▪ They were more physically fit, had lost a little body fat and lowered their triglycerides compared to the control group.
▪ The Muses had no instrument peculiar to them, but their voices were lovely beyond compare.
▪ She went to her chamber and used every art she knew to make herself beautiful beyond compare.
▪ She went to her chamber and used every art she knew to make herself beautiful beyond compare.
▪ Their written language was the most advanced of the pre-Columbian scripts, and their astronomical knowledge beyond compare.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Compare \Com*pare"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Compared; p. pr. & vb. n. Comparing.] [L.comparare, fr. compar like or equal to another; com- + par equal: cf. F. comparer. See Pair, Peer an equal, and cf. Compeer.]

  1. 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.

    Compare dead happiness with living woe.

    The place he found beyond expression bright, Compared with aught on earth.

    Compare our faces and be judge yourself.

    To compare great things with small.

  2. To represent as similar, for the purpose of illustration; to liken.

    Solon compared the people unto the sea, and orators and counselors to the winds; for that the sea would be calm and quiet if the winds did not trouble it.

  3. (Gram.) To inflect according to the degrees of comparison; to state positive, comparative, and superlative forms of; as, most adjectives of one syllable are compared by affixing ``- er'' and ``-est'' to the positive form; as, black, blacker, blackest; those of more than one syllable are usually compared by prefixing ``more'' and ``most'', or ``less'' and ``least'', to the positive; as, beautiful, more beautiful, most beautiful.

    Syn: To Compare, Compare with, Compare to.

    Usage: Things are compared with each other in order to learn their relative value or excellence. Thus we compare Cicero with Demosthenes, for the sake of deciding which was the greater orator. One thing is compared to another because of a real or fanciful likeness or similarity which exists between them. Thus it has been common to compare the eloquence of Demosthenes to a thunderbolt, on account of its force, and the eloquence of Cicero to a conflagration, on account of its splendor. Burke compares the parks of London to the lungs of the human body.


Compare \Com*pare"\, v. i.

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

    I should compare with him in excellence.

  2. To vie; to assume a likeness or equality.

    Shall pack horses . . . compare with C[ae]sars?


Compare \Com*pare"\, n.

  1. Comparison. [Archaic]

    His mighty champion, strong beyond compare.

    Their small galleys may not hold compare With our tall ships.

  2. Illustration by comparison; simile. [Obs.]

    Rhymes full of protest, of oath, and big compare.

    Beyond compare. See Beyond comparison, under Comparison.


Compare \Com*pare"\, v. t. [L. comparare to prepare, procure; com- + parare. See Prepare, Parade.] To get; to procure; to obtain; to acquire [Obs.]

To fill his bags, and richesse to compare.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from Old French comparer (12c., Modern French comparer), from Late Latin comparare "to liken, to compare" (see comparison). Related: Compared; comparing. To compare notes is from 1708. Phrase without compare (attested from 1620s, but similar phrasing dates to 1530s) seems to be altered by folk etymology from compeer "rival."


n. 1 comparison 2 illustration by comparison; simile vb. (label en 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. n. qualities that are comparable; "no comparison between the two books"; "beyond compare" [syn: comparison, equivalence, comparability]

  2. v. 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"

  3. be comparable; "This car does not compare with our line of Mercedes"

  4. 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]

  5. to form the comparative or superlative form on an adjective or adverb

Compare (journal)

Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education is a peer-reviewed academic journal covering research on education and pedagogy. The journal was established in 1975 and is published by Taylor & Francis. The editor-in-chief is Paul Morris. It is the official journal of the British Association for International and Comparative Education.

Usage examples of "compare".

Compared to the total lander and indigen population of Acorus, the Myrmidons were few.

Compared to the soft and warm colors of the web stretching out below the peak, the purplish pink that surrounded him was wrong, not subtly wrong, but oppressively so, a color and shade that did not belong on Acorus, that conflicted and fought with the tapestry formed by the softer lifewebs.

For each cortical map, the number of ways the cortical map can be activated over a period of time is very large compared to the number of ways it can be activated that produce a constant activity pattern.

Close by were the gardens of the Palais Royal and the Tuileries, which, with their statuary, Adams thought beautiful beyond compare.

In his diary Adams compared the situation between Britain and America to that of an eagle and a cat.

The shock experienced by John Adams on his first arrival in France was tepid compared to that of his wife.

OF THE TIMES when Adams felt himself uncomfortably alone at center stage, there were few to compare to the afternoon in London, when at the end of a short ride through the rain with Lord Carmarthen in his carriage, they approached the arched gatehouse at St.

Like nearly everyone who ever played a large part in public life and helped make history, Adams wondered how history would portray him, and worried not a little that he might be unfairly treated, misunderstood, or his contributions made to look insignificant compared to those of others.

Not deliberately, at any rate, and in this company the likelihood of lice was slight compared to the sort of places in which poverty had forced Adele to eat and sleep for many years.

Indeed, Metternich himself in his own Memoirs often follows a good deal in the line of Bourrienne: among many formal attacks, every now and then he lapses into half involuntary and indirect praise of his great antagonist, especially where he compares the men he had to deal with in aftertimes with his former rapid and talented interlocutor.

He might compare the trustworthy goodness of Albus Dumbledore to the infinitely superior goodness of God the Father, stressing that we can find the same kind of reassurance in God, and godly mentors, that Harry finds in his headmaster.

Catal Huyuk in Anatolian Turkey is one of the oldest cities known to man, and carpeting has been found there which is of so high a quality that it compares favourably with those made today.

Compared to our sisters in other places and times, women on Anicca were paragons of restraint.

Even admitting that experiments on animals have contributed to the relief of human suffering, such measure of relief is infinitesimal compared with the pain which has been inflicted to secure it.

Can we just run a compare on the Jammer using the anomalies we found in the Trigger?