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

But even that paled in comparison to the physical aftermath. Rachael Brennan, Glamour, "I Wish I’d Gotten the HPV Vaccine," 14 May 2019 In comparison to her sister-in-law, Meghan's look was more contemporary and daring—a fitting choice given her decision to depart from tradition in some many ways with regards to her new bundle of joy. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Here's How Meghan Markle's Baby Debut Outfit Compared to Kate Middleton's," 8 May 2019 Advertising By comparison, the Minutemen (31-9) have mostly a history of losing. John Wawrow, The Seattle Times, "Frozen 4 final pits defending champ UMD versus upstart UMass," 12 Apr. 2019 The detail-heavy and unapologetically pretty look could have made Malek’s all-black suiting seem stark by comparison, but the actor isn’t opposed to ornamentation on his end. Vogue, "Rami Malek and Lucy Boynton Prove Opposites Attract," 11 Apr. 2019 By comparison, Firefox has 9.72 percent as of February 2019, while Opera has 1.57 percent. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Vivaldi 2.4 enhances the browser's tab wizardry," 27 Mar. 2019 Tiger Woods’s victory at the Masters on Sunday drew instant comparisons to Jack Nicklaus winning the green jacket in 1986. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Tiger Woods Is Back in the Chase to Catch the Golden Bear," 15 Apr. 2019 That figure draws a blistering comparison with the national average for high school teachers, $59,170 per year. Zach Schermele, Teen Vogue, "2020 Contender Kamala Harris Has a Plan to Pay Teachers Higher Salaries Nationwide," 5 Apr. 2019 Vanderpump responded to a comparison of their looks on her Instagram. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lisa Vanderpump Had a Twinning Moment with Kate Middleton and She Responded Perfectly," 15 Mar. 2019

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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 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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highly pertinent or appropriate

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