comparison


com·par·i·son

noun \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

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

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: comparison lamp
Previous Word in the Dictionary: compare (noun)
All Words Near: comparison

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up comparison? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More