Definition of comparison
1 : the act or process of comparing: such asa : 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 of comparison from the Web
By comparison, General Electric alone has 104,000 employees in the United States, and Apple has 80,000.
The Earth’s core, for comparison, only takes up a little over half its radius, less than a third of its volume.
And after the Trump stunt this week and her news conference announcement about being bullied by the Trumps, the comparisons have continued.
In comparison, strokes occurred in about 4 percent of patients who underwent regular stenting procedures.
Lito, avoids direct comparisons, by relating to his own experiences.
The SP comparison makes good points about OVG seeking revenue from two city parking garages at Seattle Center, claiming this could cost taxpayers up to $140 million over a 35-year lease.
Merkel shrugged the comment off, making a comparison to the prevalence of Apple iPhones in Germany.
By comparison, the rate increase for whites was 54 percent.
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Origin and Etymology of comparison
Middle English, from Anglo-French comparison, from Latin comparation-, comparatio, from comparare —see 1compare
First Known Use: 14th century
COMPARISON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of comparison for English Language Learners
: 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
COMPARISON Defined for Kids
Definition of comparison for Students
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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