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comparison

noun com·par·i·son \kəm-ˈper-ə-sən, -ˈpa-rə-\

: the act of looking at things to see how they are similar or different

: the act of suggesting that two or more things are similar or in the same category

Full Definition of COMPARISON

1
:  the act or process of comparing: as
a :  the representing of one thing or person as similar to or like another
b :  an examination of two or more items to establish similarities and dissimilarities <his faults seem minor by comparison>
2
:  identity of features :  similarity <several points of comparison between the two>
3
:  the modification of an adjective or adverb to denote different levels of quality, quantity, or relation
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Examples of COMPARISON

  1. a comparison of the data from the two studies
  2. the comparison of monkeys to humans
  3. I don't think comparisons of her situation and mine are appropriate.

Origin of COMPARISON

Middle English, from Anglo-French comparison, from Latin comparation-, comparatio, from comparare
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with COMPARISON

COMPARISON Defined for Kids

comparison

noun com·par·i·son \kəm-ˈper-ə-sən\

Definition of COMPARISON for Kids

1
:  the act of examining things to see if they are similar or different :  the condition of being examined to find similarity or difference
2
:  similarity <There's no comparison between the two models.>
3
:  change in the form and meaning of an adjective or an adverb (as by adding -er or -est to the word or by adding more or most before the word) to show different levels of quality, quantity, or relation

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