Simple Definition of compare
: to say that (something) is similar to something else
: to look at (two or more things) closely in order to see what is similar or different about them or in order to decide which one is better
: to be as good or as bad as something else : to be on the same level or in the same category as something else
Full Definition of compare
1 : to represent as similar : liken <shall I compare thee to a summer's day? — Shakespeare>
2 a : to examine the character or qualities of especially in order to discover resemblances or differences <compare your responses with the answers> b : to view in relation to <tall compared to me> <easy compared with the last test>
3 : to inflect or modify (an adjective or adverb) according to the degrees of comparison
1 : to bear being compared <the two don't even begin to compare>
2 : to make comparisons
3 : to be equal or alike <nothing compares to you>
Examples of compare in a sentence
The singer's voice has been compared to that of Elvis.
We each did the homework assignment, then compared answers.
I compared several bicycles before buying one.
Origin and Etymology of compare
Middle English, from Anglo-French comparer, from Latin comparare to couple, compare, from compar like, from com- + par equal
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of compare
First Known Use of compare
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Definition of compare for Students
1 : to point out as similar : liken <She compared the activity of ants to the behavior of humans.>
2 : to examine for similarity or differences <Before buying compare the two bicycles.>
3 : to appear in relation to others <She compares well with the rest of the class.>
4 : to state the positive, comparative, and superlative forms of an adjective or adverb
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