compare apples and/to/with oranges

Definition of compare apples and/to/with oranges

  1. :  to compare things that are very different To compare large trucks with compact cars is to compare apples with oranges.

Word by Word Definitions

compareplay
  1. :  to represent as similar :  liken

    :  to examine the character or qualities of especially in order to discover resemblances or differences

    :  to view in relation to

  1. :  the possibility of comparing

    :  something with which to be compared

appleplay apples
  1. :  the fleshy, usually rounded red, yellow, or green edible pome fruit of a usually cultivated tree (genus Malus) of the rose family

    :  an apple tree — compare crab apple

    :  a fruit (such as a star apple) or other vegetative growth (such as an oak apple) suggestive of an apple

orangeplay oranges
  1. :  a globose berry with a yellowish to reddish-orange rind and a sweet edible pulp

    :  any of various small evergreen citrus trees (genus Citrus) with glossy ovate leaves, hard yellow wood, fragrant white flowers, and fruits that are oranges

    :  any of several trees or fruits resembling the orange

  1. :  of or relating to the orange

    :  of the color orange


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up compare apples and/to/with oranges? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

acid in temper, mood, or tone

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!