com·​par·​i·​son | \kəm-ˈper-ə-sən, -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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Kendall hasn't yet responded to the comparison, but this isn't the first time that Taylor has made a splash on Instagram. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Lautner Joked That Kendall Jenner Inspired His "Twilight" Character," 23 Nov. 2018 Rémy’s full valuation suggests the comparison has gone down too easily. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Rémy Cointreau Isn’t the Hermès of the Liquor Industry," 22 Nov. 2018 The small print for the performance comparisons notes that hyperthreading/simultaneous multithreading is disabled on both the Xeon SP and Epyc systems. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Intel announces Cascade Lake Xeons: 48 cores and 12-channel memory per socket," 5 Nov. 2018 The happy circumstances surrounding Harry and Meghan's visit to Fiji make the comparison to Elizabeth and Philip's balcony moment all the sweeter. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan & Harry's Balcony Moment in Fiji Is Just Like Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip's in 1953," 23 Oct. 2018 When he’s asked about the Roger Corman comparisons, his pulse quickens. Mickey Rapkin, Town & Country, "The Horror of Jason Blum," 17 Oct. 2018 Not really, but experts agree that the comparisons were bound to happen, so don't feel too guilty. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "How Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding and Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Compare," 13 Oct. 2018 The only comparison anyone could find was the liberation of Paris in 1944 because of the sense of an opening onto brighter futures, and the ways in which people from all classes and backgrounds merged and melded in the streets. Laurent Dubois, The Atlantic, "France’s Ghosts Return for the World Cup," 14 July 2018 That certainly lines up with the ferocity of the protests against legislative efforts to repeal the A.C.A. in early 2017 — and with the comparison to the energy of anti-Obamacare forces in earlier years. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "Two Words That Could Shape the Politics of the Trade War: Loss Aversion," 13 July 2018

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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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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


com·​par·​i·​son | \kəm-ˈper-ə-sən \

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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