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Definitions of compare

  1. be comparable; " This car does not compare with our line of Mercedes"
  2. 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. to form the comparative or superlative form on an adjective or adverb
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. To be like or equal; to admit, or be worthy of, comparison; as, his later work does not compare with his earlier.
  7. To vie; to assume a likeness or equality.
  8. Comparison.
  9. Illustration by comparison; simile.
  10. To get; to procure; to obtain; to acquire
  11. To measure, as one thing by another; to examine in order to discover likeness and unlikeness; in grammar, to name over in order, as, much, more, most, the degrees in the inflection of adjectives and adverbs.
  12. To be like or equal; to be worthy of, or suitable for, comparison.
  13. To set things together, to ascertain how far they agree or disagree: to liken or represent as similar: ( gram.) to inflect an adjective.
  14. To hold comparison.
  15. To be like or equal.
  16. To examine with reference to likeness or unlikeness; to liken.
  17. To examine as to similarity or dissimilarity.
  18. To liken.
  19. Comparison; similitude.
  20. To set things together and examine their relations as regards likeness or unlikeness; to liken; to represent as similar, for the purpose of illustration; to inflect an adjective in the degrees of comparison.
  21. To hold comparison; to be like or equal.
  22. To set or bring things together in order to ascertain wherein they agree and wherein they differ- the objects to be compared may be thought of or be actually present; to liken; to refer to as similar for the purpose of illustration; to inflect an adjective.
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Usage examples for compare

  1. No reward coming after the event can compare with the sweet reward that went with it. – Wisdom and Destiny by Maurice Maeterlinck
  2. In vain did the drover's son compare the picture of his father which he had in his mind, with one after the other of the men under the veranda. – In the Musgrave Ranges by Jim Bushman
  3. Since three weeks had gone by since our talk up at Martell's, it seemed like a good occasion to get together and compare notes. – The Samurai Strategy by Thomas Hoover
  4. You cannot compare them: one is a London river, and the other is a Paris river. – A Wanderer in Paris by E. V. Lucas
  5. But, as the apostle saith, there may be a practical lie in it too, if we consider and compare their practice with their profession. – The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning by Hugh Binning
  6. Nothing, while in my right mind, would I compare to the delight of a friend! – Horace and His Influence by Grant Showerman
  7. Look round this room- with one beyond it, it is all my house- and compare it with the dwelling of the Father of Ice. – The Valley of the Kings by Marmaduke Pickthall
  8. Why, he doesn't even compare to Noble Dill! – Gentle Julia by Booth Tarkington
  9. What winter- garden can compare for them with mine? – Prose Idylls by Charles Kingsley
  10. After all, no island in the world could compare with Saaron. – Major Vigoureux by A. T. Quiller-Couch
  11. 497. How does flour compare in nutritive value with other foods? – Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value by Harry Snyder
  12. Though please don't for a moment compare your blessed old High School to Longworth, for they're not in the same running! – The Luckiest Girl in the School by Angela Brazil
  13. Compare " Isn't he an eloquent speaker?" – Slips of Speech by John H. Bechtel
  14. I never compare you to anything. – The Window-Gazer by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
  15. Know some that needn't fear to compare with him- eh! – Ten Thousand a-Year. Volume 1. by Samuel Warren
  16. It had a taste which I can compare to no drink, and to no medicine, known to me. – The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins
  17. I pulled one off to compare it with my others. – On the Pampas by G. A. Henty
  18. Yes, true, it's nothing to compare with the way the Countess has had her eyes opened. – Royal Highness by Thomas Mann
  19. For he has not given us any state of the peace establishment in the years 1753 and 1754, the time which he means to compare with the present. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
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