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 The Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, told Capitol Police that hotel bookings roughly doubled in comparison to pro-Trump rallies in November and December, the Senate report said. Marshall Cohen, CNN, 8 June 2021 In comparison to the Orion Visual Cortical Prosthesis System, which requires probes to implant a control unit chip in your skull, optogenetic therapy can serve as a less invasive approach. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 8 June 2021 But those numbers pale in comparison to the number of guns people carry, Asher said. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 7 June 2021 But that pales in comparison to shares of GameStop [ticker: GME]—the alpha dog in the meme stock space—which are up a staggering 1,218% during that same span. Fortune, 7 June 2021 But those theatrics paled in comparison to what happened in the encore. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, 6 June 2021 Norovirus outbreaks from August 2020 to March of 2021 were only 77 in comparison to the 965 reported during the same period the year prior. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 4 June 2021 But by the 1980s, some believed that Schulz did blow it, especially when his strip seemed tame in comparison to the more jagged, cacophonous suburban horrors of The Simpsons. Scott Bradfield, The New Republic, 2 June 2021 But that pales in comparison to Rodrigo's biggest accomplishment so far: getting to pay homage to her idol, Taylor Swift. Andrea Towers,, 1 June 2021

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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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11 Jun 2021

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“Comparison.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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