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

Simple Definition of comparison

  • : 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. 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. 2 :  identity of features :  similarity <several points of comparison between the two>

  3. 3 :  the modification of an adjective or adverb to denote different levels of quality, quantity, or relation

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




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