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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That pales in comparison to the defunct Concorde jet, which reached a top speed of Mach 2.04, or 1,354 mph, before its 2003 retirement. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Boeing's "Transonic" Wings Will Carry Airliners to Nearly the Speed of Sound at Higher Altitudes," 9 Jan. 2019 Don’t worry though, a few days or weeks of eating past the point of fullness pales in comparison to years of the mental and physical punishment of chronic dieting. Abby Langer, SELF, "How to Rid Yourself of the Diet Mentality and Stop Dieting Once and For All," 6 Jan. 2019 But all this paled in comparison to the night's highlight, a personal, private concert—from none other than close family friend John Legend himself. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "How John Legend and Chrissy Teigen Made the Kardashian Christmas Party Perfect," 26 Dec. 2018 But that number paled in comparison to the tens of millions of players (and even more regular esports viewers) for genre heavyweights like Dota 2 and League of Legends. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Blizzard shifts developers away from Heroes of the Storm," 14 Dec. 2018 Despite receiving much lower scores in comparison to the other finalists, the pair has continued to step up their game and win the hearts of fans. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Bobby Bones Is Who Won 'Dancing With the Stars' Season 27 With Sharna Burgess," 19 Nov. 2018 By comparison, tetradotoxin’s LD50 score is 10,000 ng/kg when ingested, its most common pathway. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Poison," 25 Sep. 2018 Fans quickly noticed the lookalike outfits and made the comparison on Twitter, shocked at the clear similarities between the two. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Lady Gaga Accidentally Pays Tribute to Judy Garland's 'A Star Is Born' Look at Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 Or the comparisons to other women in the administration or on Fox News. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Melania Trump Unveiled Her New Blond Hair on Fox News," 13 Dec. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'comparison.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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