Definition of compare
1 : to represent as similar : liken <Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? — William Shakespeare>
2a : 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 <He is tall compared to me.> <The test was easy compared with the last one.>
1 : to bear being compared <The two don't even begin to compare.> <We bought two different brands of peanut butter to see how they compare.>
2 : to make comparisons <If we now go to Italy at all, we go not to learn, but to compare. — Norman Douglas>
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
COMPARE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of compare for English Language Learners
: 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
COMPARE Defined for Kids
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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