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.
Recent Examples on the Web By comparison, there were 16 major strikes last year. Allison Prang, WSJ, 12 Sep. 2022 By comparison, in Canada, 93% of the voting-age population is registered to vote, and similarly, that number is 94% in Sweden and 99% in Slovakia, according to Pew. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, 12 Sep. 2022 By comparison, Pittsburgh Steelers edge-rusher T.J. Watt had 22.5 sacks. Jaylon Thompson, USA TODAY, 11 Sep. 2022 By comparison, many other recent TV premieres have Tomatometer scores in the 80s. Todd Spangler, Variety, 9 Sep. 2022 That constant feeling of rupture gave Good Fight its jolt, and made a lot of wannabe-deep recent shows seem intellectually bankrupt, even cowardly, by comparison. Darren Franich,, 8 Sep. 2022 By comparison, just over 4 in 10 Democrats say the same thing, Gallup said. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 8 Sep. 2022 By comparison, the dollar is up just 3.7% against emerging markets' currencies. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 8 Sep. 2022 By comparison, the Ravens are at +2000 and the Bengals have +2200. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 7 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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15 Sep 2022

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“Comparison.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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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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