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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Reviews for the album weren’t kind, and its chart success and cultural impact paled in comparison to many predecessors. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Incubus crushes sweltering, sold-out show at Milwaukee's Eagles Ballroom," 14 July 2018 In comparison to the thunderous sounds of the numerous instruments mastered by her, this wonderfully simple track allows for no distractions from her powerful vocal skills. Rita Thompson, Billboard, "Tash Sultana Shows A More Vulnerable Side With 'Harvest Love': Exclusive Premiere," 12 July 2018 These complications pale in comparison to the fact that deceit is woven into the fabric of the game. Alejandro Chacoff, The Atlantic, "Soccer Has No Interest in Fairness," 12 July 2018 That was benign in comparison to other allegations that officers raised with Jessie Scott, the private investigator hired to handle the internal probe . Charles Rabin, Jay Weaver And David Ovalle, miamiherald, "The chief wanted perfect stats, so cops were told to pin crimes on blacks, probe found," 12 July 2018 In comparison to No Gun Zone’s more than 42,000 followers on Instagram, 6ABC has 99,000 and Fox29 has 75,000. Jenice Armstrong,, "Instagram's No Gun Zone is out to make Philly's mean streets safer | Jenice Armstrong," 11 July 2018 States involved either in the production or transportation of soybeans and pork are heavily at risk in comparison to their overall gross domestic product. David Pan, USA TODAY, "China's tariffs will hit farm states hard, spare service-heavy states," 10 July 2018 Even though all four royals arrived in unison, there was a marked difference between the way that Kate and William conducted themselves, in comparison to Meghan and Harry. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's PDA Compared to Prince William and Kate Middleton's at the RAF Celebrations," 10 July 2018 Reaction to these cases, however, pales in comparison to the current uproar around USC’s handling of the Tyndall allegations. Alex Bhattacharji, Town & Country, "Can USC Survive Scandal and Shed Its Spoiled-Kid Reputation Once and For All?," 10 July 2018

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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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