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Compeer \Com*peer"\, v. t. To be equal with; to match. [R.]

In my rights, By me invested, he compeers the best.


Compeer \Com*peer"\, Compeir \Com*peir"\, v. i. See Compear.


Compeer \Com*peer"\, [OE. comper, through French fr. L. compar; com- + par equal. See Peer an equal, and cf. 1st Compare.] An equal, as in rank, age, prowess, etc.; a companion; a comrade; a mate.

And him thus answer'd soon his bold compeer.

His compeer in arms.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., from Middle French comper, from com- "with" (see com-) + Latin parem "equal" (see par).


n. (context obsolete English) the equal or peer of someone else; someone who is a close companion or associate of someone else vb. To be equal with; to match.


n. a person who is of equal standing with another in a group [syn: peer, equal, match]


Compeer, Inc. is an international, non-profit organization that seeks to help people overcome the effects of mental illness through the power of friendship. The founding Compeer program was established in Rochester, New York in 1973 by Bernice W. Skirboll. It is a volunteer-based program in which adult men and women volunteer to regularly spend time with an adult or youth who is receiving mental health services. The goal is to provide supportive friendships for people in mental-health care, typically as a complement to therapy, in order to help and support them on their journey of recovery from mental illness.

The National Institute of Mental Health chose Compeer as a model program in 1982 and helped fund the development of similar programs throughout the United States. Today, Compeer is an international mental health organization, with approximately 5,000 volunteers at nearly 100 locations in the U.S., Canada and Australia.

Usage examples of "compeer".

Among these Cavaliers and Coquettes, Compeer Bierce Valeur has assumed a certain celebrity status.

Once strong and free in the plays of Aeschylus and his compeers, hampered and constantly under guidance but still dignified and noble in the Senecan drama, Tragedy now found herself debased and almost caricatured in the English Interlude stage.

THE DEADLOCK IN DARWINISM--PART III Now let me return to the recent division of biological opinion into two main streams--Lamarckism and Weismannism Both Lamarckians and Weismannists, not to mention mankind in general, admit that the better adapted to its surroundings a living form may be, the more likely it is to outbreed its compeers.

The four girls repaired to their sitting room, where for the first time Eliste encountered her compeers from Maids rose and Maids blanche - a gaggle of pretty, noisy, frivolous young Exalteds, doll-perfect in their pastel silks, similar in type to her own Maids mauve roommates.

It is much to his credit that Compeer Bierce takes no notice whatever of these impertinences.

The Compeer, of which she had a pair of thin issues, was of course filled with articles and essays certain to outrage Exalted readers.

He wished that his compeer might prosper in such simple wise as his own experience had proved to be amply possible.

On the floor at his feet, where he had let it fall, lay the latest issue of The Compeer, whose lead article announced the Constitutional Congress's designation of Whiss Valeur as acting Protector of the Republic.

Never did fall of any prime minister at court occasion wider surges of sensation than the report of Tom's fate among his compeers on the place.

The kitchen was full of all his compeers, who had hurried and crowded in, from the various cabins, to hear the termination of the day's exploits.

Even to these compeers he found little to say: a loud lot, imbued with the rowdy spirit of the new day.

Captain Oxford, nor Vernon, nor De Craye, nor any of his compeers, had given him one shrewd pinch: the woman had, not the man.

They were not slow to perceive their true purport, which was no other than to make the Church the last court of appeal in all cases, both civil and criminal: and not only did the nobility prefer the ancient mode of single combat from this cause, in itself a sufficient one, but they clung to it because an acquittal gained by those displays of courage and address which the battle afforded, was more creditable in the eyes of their compeers, than one which it required but little or none of either to accomplish.

His majestic compeer seems to have entered into an agreement with him, that they shall not interfere with each other's manorial rights, and where you find the royal tiger, you need not dread the presence of the lion.