comparison

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noun 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

  1. a comparison of the data from the two studies

  2. the comparison of monkeys to humans

  3. I don't think comparisons of her situation and mine are appropriate.

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Origin and Etymology of comparison

Middle English, from Anglo-French comparison, from Latin comparation-, comparatio, from comparare — see 1compare



COMPARISON Defined for English Language Learners

comparison

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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

comparison

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noun com·par·i·son \ kəm-ˈper-ə-sən \

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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