comparison

noun
com·​par·​i·​son | \ kəm-ˈper-ə-sən How to pronounce comparison (audio) , -ˈpa-rə- \

Definition of comparison

1 : the act or process of comparing: such as
a : the representing of one thing or person as similar to or like another His poetry invites comparison with the poems of Robert Frost.
b : an examination of two or more items to establish similarities and dissimilarities His faults seem minor by comparison. a comparison of the sports cars
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 in a Sentence

a comparison of the data from the two studies the comparison of monkeys to humans I don't think comparisons of her situation and mine are appropriate.
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Recent Examples on the Web By comparison, the previous Games in Brazil hosted a then-record 49, openly LGBTQ athletes, Reuters reported at the time. Matthew Lavietes, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 July 2021 By comparison, the U.S. has recorded 20 such deals since January, compared with 21 in all of last year. Ben Dummett, WSJ, 25 July 2021 So last Saturday night seems to be a luxury by comparison. Portland Timbers And Thorns Fc, oregonlive, 24 July 2021 By comparison, Newsom has raised more than $9.4 million since 2019. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 July 2021 By comparison, 56% of Americans had gotten at least one shot, and 49% were fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Erin Schumaker, ABC News, 24 July 2021 The Ontario Hockey League, by comparison, had its entire season canceled. John Wawrow, ajc, 24 July 2021 By comparison, the U.S. average rate since the pandemic began is 10,316 cases per 100,000 people as of Thursday, according to the CDC. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, 24 July 2021 By comparison, the delta variant was first identified in the United States in March and now accounts for more than 80 percent of new infections over the past two weeks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. BostonGlobe.com, 24 July 2021

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First Known Use of comparison

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for comparison

Middle English, from Anglo-French comparison, from Latin comparation-, comparatio, from comparare — see compare entry 1

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The first known use of comparison was in the 14th century

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29 Jul 2021

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“Comparison.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/comparison. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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comparison

noun

English Language Learners 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

comparison

noun
com·​par·​i·​son | \ kəm-ˈper-ə-sən How to pronounce comparison (audio) \

Kids Definition of comparison

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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