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 His last season before retirement was lackluster in comparison to his heyday, but maybe he'll be refreshed after two full seasons away from the game. Amie Just | Staff Writer,, "The Edge: Assessing how New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Bucs stack up in season opener," 10 Sep. 2020 But the primary repair surgery is still relatively new, going back to 2011, in comparison to hundreds of Tommy John surgeries being performed since 1974. La Velle E. Neal Iii, Star Tribune, "Complicated elbow repair has Twins' Rich Hill back on the mound," 10 Sep. 2020 But the cuts pale in comparison to the much larger reductions from when U.S. force levels in the country peaked at more than 150,000 service members at the height of the Iraq war. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "U.S. to Reduce Troop Levels in Iraq to 3,000," 9 Sep. 2020 This means that the net dose absorbed by the skin would have been relatively small in comparison to the original amount. Robert Chilcott, Ars Technica, "Novichok: How are victims surviving poisoning?," 5 Sep. 2020 Lobbying dollars from the renewable energy industry also pale in comparison to the fossil fuel industry. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Renewable energy companies beef up DC operations," 4 Sep. 2020 But the success of The League cast pales in comparison to their success in landing high-profile guest stars. Derek Lawrence,, "A binge of The League is the perfect way to kick off the strangest football season ever," 4 Sep. 2020 The slope to getting there looks very steep in comparison to recent Presidential votes, not least because of the wrecking ball that is our sitting President. Steve Coll, The New Yorker, "Battling Anxiety Over Making Sure Your Vote Gets Counted," 4 Sep. 2020 But by July, versus July a year ago, Cincinnati was down just 75,000 jobs in comparison to the lingering losses of 99,700 in the Columbus area and 130,200 for metro Cleveland. Rich Exner, cleveland, "Cleveland metro job market hit worse than most during coronavirus, Cleveland State University study finds," 2 Sep. 2020

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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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14 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Comparison.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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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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