compare

[[t]kəmpe͟ə(r)[/t]]
♦♦♦
compares, comparing, compared
1) VERB When you compare things, you consider them and discover the differences or similarities between them.
to compare notessee note

[V pl-n] Compare the two illustrations in Fig 60...

[V n with n] Was it fair to compare independent schools with state schools?...

[V n to n] Note how smooth the skin of the upper arm is, then compare it to the skin on the elbow.

2) VERB If you compare one person or thing to another, you say that they are like the other person or thing.

[V n to/with n/-ing] Some commentators compared his work to that of James Joyce...

[V n to/with n/-ing] I can only compare the experience to falling in love.

Syn:
3) V-RECIP If one thing compares favourably with another, it is better than the other thing. If it compares unfavourably, it is worse than the other thing.

[V adv with n] Our road safety record compares favourably with that of other European countries...

[pl-n V adv] How do the two techniques compare in terms of application?

4) VERB: usu with neg If you say that something does not compare with something else, you mean that it is much worse.

[V with n] The flowers here do not compare with those at home...

[V with n] The more recent conifer plantations cannot yet compare with the old woodlands.

5) PHRASE: n/adj PHR, v-link PHR (emphasis) If you describe something as beyond compare, you mean that it is extremely good or extremely great. [LITERARY]

She was a storyteller beyond compare.

...riches beyond compare.

6) See also compared

English dictionary. 2008.

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