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Meaning of COMPARE

Pronunciation:  kum'pehr

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  qualities that are comparable; "no comparison between the two books"; "beyond compare"
  2. [v]  examine and note the similarities or differences of; "John compared his haircut to his friend's"; "We compared notes after we had both seen the movie"
  3. [v]  consider or describe as similar, equal, or analogous; "We can compare the Han dynasty to the Romans"; "You cannot equate success in financial matters with greed"
  4. [v]  to form the comparative or superlative form on an adjective or adverb
  5. [v]  be comparable; "This car does not compare with our line of Mercedes"

COMPARE is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: comparability, comparison, equate, equivalence, liken
 See Also: alikeness, analogise, analogize, analyse, analyze, be, canvass, collate, consider, examine, go, inflect, likeness, similitude, study



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Com*pare"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Compared}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Comparing}.] [L. comparare, fr. compar like or equal
    to another; com- + par equal: cf. F. comparer. See {Pair},
    {Peer} an equal, and cf. {Compeer}.]
    1. To examine the character or qualities of, as of two or
       more persons or things, for the purpose of discovering
       their resemblances or differences; to bring into
       comparison; to regard with discriminating attention.
             Compare dead happiness with living woe. --Shak.
             The place he found beyond expression bright,
             Compared with aught on earth.         --Milton.
             Compare our faces and be judge yourself. --Shak.
             To compare great things with small.   --Milton.
    2. To represent as similar, for the purpose of illustration;
       to liken.
             Solon compared the people unto the sea, and orators
             and counselors to the winds; for that the sea would
             be calm and quiet if the winds did not trouble it.
    3. (Gram.) To inflect according to the degrees of comparison;
       to state positive, comparative, and superlative forms of;
       as, most adjectives of one syllable are compared by
       affixing ``- er'' and ``-est'' to the positive form; as,
       black, blacker, blackest; those of more than one syllable
       are usually compared by prefixing ``more'' and ``most'',
       or ``less'' and ``least'', to the positive; as, beautiful,
       more beautiful, most beautiful.
    Syn: To {Compare}, {Compare with}, {Compare to}.
    Usage: Things are compared with each other in order to learn
           their relative value or excellence. Thus we compare
           Cicero with Demosthenes, for the sake of deciding
           which was the greater orator. One thing is compared to
           another because of a real or fanciful likeness or
           similarity which exists between them. Thus it has been
           common to compare the eloquence of Demosthenes to a
           thunderbolt, on account of its force, and the
           eloquence of Cicero to a conflagration, on account of
           its splendor. Burke compares the parks of London to
           the lungs of the human body.
  2. \Com*pare"\, v. i.
    1. To be like or equal; to admit, or be worthy of,
       comparison; as, his later work does not compare with his
             I should compare with him in excellence. --Shak.
    2. To vie; to assume a likeness or equality.
             Shall pack horses . . . compare with C[ae]sars?
  3. \Com*pare"\, n.
    1. Comparison. [Archaic]
             His mighty champion, strong beyond compare.
             Their small galleys may not hold compare With our
             tall ships.                           --Waller.
    2. Illustration by comparison; simile. [Obs.]
             Rhymes full of protest, of oath, and big compare.
    {Beyond compare}. See {Beyond comparison}, under
  4. \Com*pare"\, v. t. [L. comparare to prepare, procure;
    com- + parare. See {Prepare}, {Parade}.]
    To get; to procure; to obtain; to acquire [Obs.]
          To fill his bags, and richesse to compare. --Spenser.
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